Van der Star

RonaldoSorry about that poor pun!! United played Everton today and won 1-0. I think that is now 12 clean sheets in a row – its something like 17 hours since United conceded a goal. When the clock passed 72 minutes, it also meant Van Der Sar had not conceded a goal for 1104 minutes which built the previous record and is an English league record.

Its a great record but it has owed plenty to the whole team especially the defence. I am sure many keepers would like to play in goal behind Vidic and Ferdinand!! Vidic has been United’s player of the season and is in with a shout for players of the season for the whole premier league. (Vidic has been banned for one game after his red card in the World Club Championship thing which means he missed the first leg of match against Inter – people were saying it could have been a 3 match ban so it could have been worse!!) As well as the defence playing well, the whole team has worked hard especially players like Tevez who is always chasing the ball and defending from the front.

It wasnt a vintage performance by United with the goal coming just before half time with a Ronaldo penalty. Carrick, who played brilliantly, was tripped by Arteta. It looked accidental but was certainly a penalty. There was another shout for a penalty when Lescott challenged Carrick (in the 2nd half). He didnt get anywhere near the ball so surprised it was not given – possibly the view for the ref was obstructed??

A one-horse race??

Van Der SarThe Premier League looked like it was lining up to be one of the most exciting in awhile with all the “big-four” quite level and with Aston Villa threatening to enter the “big four”.

However, its now looking like United are going to make it a one-horse race with United 2 points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea and with a game in hand. If Chelsea and Liverpool draw at the weekend and United win it will extend even further.

United are hitting some form with Liverpool in particular playing poorly. Since Rafa’s rant Liverpool have not won – I think the last 3 goals they have drawn. Chelsea are also not playing very well either. Arsenal are out of the top 4 positions but if they keep Van Persie fit they could be back into the top 4.

Even with all the injuries, at one point about 11 first team players out, United have gone 11 games with conceding a goal. Its a record for Van Der Sar but I think a lot is actually down to the defense in-front of him. On average he has just 3 saves to make a game! Over the last 11 games, Vidic in particular has been brilliant and Evans has done well while Rio has been out injured. Against West Brom, United had some players back from injury so its getting better. Rio was back aswell as Park.

Over the last few weeks many players have been hitting great form. Giggs has rolled back the years and has been amazing. Also Berbatov has now scored 5 goals in 6 games!!

With the United players playing well and scoring, it has meant my fantasy football team has done well. About time after a few weeks of very poor scoring. My team was dropping like a stone in the mini-leagues!! This gameweek I scored 94 points – a lot of help with Ronaldo’s 28 points and Vidic’s 12 points.

Becks to stay in Milan???

David BeckhamDavid Beckham, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, is showing signs that he may end up staying at Milan and not going back to LA Galaxy. He has played 4 games so far and has generally impressed especially in the last 2 games when he has scored a couple great goals. Against Bologna a few days ago he scored a really nice goal from a tight angle. Yesterday, he scored a trademark freekick against Geneo. He was subbed at 70 minutes but was given a standing ovation. England manager Capello was in the crowd and its rumoured that Becks will play for England next month again Spain.

You can see Beckhams latest goal, the freekick, on The Sun web site.

Personally I hope he stays at Milan. He was ruining his career playing in the MLS. He is showing what a great player he is and its helping playing alongside some brilliant players like Kaka, Ronaldinho and Pirlo. By playing for Milan I think he is good and fit enough to keep going for awhile. Beckham hasnt said directly but he has said “Playing here is every player’s dream, but deciding what to do is not easy.” “It’s something that will take time. I am under contract with the Galaxy and I have plenty of respect for them.” “However, the possibility of playing for Milan is special. I knew I would have fun, but I didn’t know I would be enjoying it this much.”

He also said: “Everyone has worked hard to help me and I have been welcomed very well. Sometimes it takes weeks or months to settle and I am a little surprised.

“I find it similar to Manchester United. There is the tradition that only big clubs have.

“At Milan, like United, you breathe a special atmosphere wherever you go, on the pitch, in training, in the stadium.

“And then Milan have that trophy room, and this makes you feel special.”

Still at Milan David!!