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Man Utd 0-2 Coventry City

The result from the game last night was disappointing but was it really anything less than what we were expecting? Last season United failed against lower league opposition and have historically played a weaker side so it was never going to be an easy game.


The game had been built up as a David and Goliath encounter, whilst the press were ignoring the fact that Coventry have started the season well and are already up there looking in contention for a play off place.

Talk before the match had centered around Ferguson fielding a fairly strong side with Saha and Rooney up front whilst Owen Hargreaves was set to make his return from injury. Iain Dowie’s face must have lit up when he read that instead of his defenders facing Louis Saha and Wayne Rooney they’d have the prospect of shutting out Dong and Chris Eagles.

So, with a defence of Bardsley, Evans, Simpson and Pique, United started the game with no one to lead the back line and went behind to Misfud’s goal on 27 minutes after good work from Doyle.

The midfield of United should have been strong enough to cope with Coventry City but John O’Shea failed to prove that he deserves a first team spot, whilst new signings Nani and Anderson were both disappointing alongside Martin.

Dong and Eagles had nothing to work with in the first half so it wasn’t surprising at half time when Ferguson brought on Wes Brown to tighten things at the back and Frazier Campbell up front.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first and only ten minutes in, Ferguson made his final change in bringing on Michael Carrick.

United finally created a couple of decent half chances with Dong and Carrick both having efforts blocked and the game was decided in the 69th and 70th minutes when Marshall got his finger tips to Dong’s top corner header whilst at the other end, Misfud scored his second of the night to seal the game.

Credit certainly goes to Coventry and to their traveling fans of 11,500 but the game was a real chance for some of the youngsters to show that they deserve a chance to make that step up to the first team. Maybe it’s hard to do that alongside so much inexperience so the likes of Brown on from the start or the presence of Hargreaves in midfield or Rooney upfront may have been enough to add that bit of quality.

As it was though, Coventry weren’t overawed by the opposition and took their opportunity with both hands so lets hope that their form continues should they meet Premiership opposition in the next round.

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3 Comments

  1. luke :: September 27th, 2007 9:56 am

    get in city iain dowie sky blue army

  2. Dave :: September 27th, 2007 10:33 am

    Coventry certainly deserved the win last night and it’s disappointing that Fergie didn’t play a stronger team but if the likes of Rooney, Hargreaves or Saha has picked up injuries then I suppose people would have questioned his team selection then.

    If we end up with the Premiership trophy or Champions League though then I’m sure no-one will remember that we got knocked out to Coventry which I don’t think is as big a upset as the press are suggesting and no-where near the scale of Exeter drawing at Old Trafford in the FA Cup a few seasons ago.

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