August 2012 Results
August would see us kick off the Premier League campaign, and with no cup games to focus on yet, picking up as many points as we can is key, especially against the teams we are playing. This is also a key time for the new signings to prove why they should be in the first team, and make an impression on the other teams and players.
United Starting XI
Manchester United 4-2 Stoke City
Sunday 19th August 2012 - Barclays Premier League - Old Trafford - Att. 75,765
- De Gea, Buttner, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Fellaini, Cleverley
, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie, Lewandowski SUBS
- Lindegaard, Smalling, Evans, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Hernandez
- Scholes, Welbeck, Hernandez
- Cleverley (3, 6, pen 68) Rooney (42)
- Lewandowski (Twisted ankle, 3 weeks)
- Tom Cleverley
A good solid start to the season. An amazing game for Tom Cleverley, getting an amazing hattrick, winning us the match. Great to see Rooney scoring from midfield, and the squad seem to have gelled well immediately. It's a shame about Lewandowski, missing a few games, but we have enough players to cover him. Let's hope the form continues.
United Starting XI
West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United
Saturday 25th August 2012 - Barclays Premier League - Upton Park - Att. 35,016
- De Gea, Buttner, Smalling, Vidic, Rafael, Fellaini, Cleverley, Carrick, Rooney
, van Persie, Fierro SUBS
- Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Evans, Kagawa, Scholes, Welbeck, Hernandez
- Evans, Scholes, Hernandez
- van Persie (5)
- Buttner (Dead Leg, 2 days)
- Michael Carrick
We got the three points, but it wasn't the best of the games. We only scraped it, and should have scored more. Rooney getting sent off hasn't helped, limiting our attacking options further, due to his ban. He was issued a warning, but no fine as it's early on in the season still. We need to improve in front of goal soon if we want to win anything this year.
It may be early on in the season, but having maximum points is a good start. Sitting in fifth on goal difference is pretty good, but I want to reach the top three by the end of next month. Our goal difference needs improving to be with the top teams currently though.
Player of the Month
Although only two games were played this month, Tom Cleverley played a vital role in each. His hattrick against Stoke, including 2 goals in 6 minutes would have been enough, but then another solid performance taking a more defensive role against West Ham, also taking Rooney's role after this red card means the English midfielder definitely deserves to be player of the month.