Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Real Madrid 3-2 Man City, 18th September 2012

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Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League
​The draw wasn't any kinder to Mancini's City in 2012/13. By that time they were Premier League champions but were considered outsiders in a group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.

Matchday one was a trip to the Bernabeu, where an inspired performance from Joe Hart was almost enough to see City to victory. When substitute Aleksandar Kolarov gave the Sky Blues a 2-1 lead with a few minutes to go, an historic win looked likely, but even later goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo handed Real the three points instead.

City XI: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Garcia, Barry, Silva, Toure, Nasri, Aguero

Real XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Khedira, Alsonso, Essien, Ronaldo, Di Maria, Higuain

Both Manchester Clubs Defeated in First Round of Group Games

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So it's happened again. Manchester city have started yet another Champions League campaign in less than impressive fashion. Slight solace for their fans may come via the fact that Manchester United didn't fare any better. Overall, there were few surprises across the board, the only real shocks coming in the defeats to both Manchester sides.

City lost 2-1 to Juventus in what was a tight affair. Considering the two club's form heading into the game Manuel Pellegrini will be incredibly disappointed his side did not win after taking the lead. A Giorgio Chiellini own goal opened the scoring but goals from Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata saw the Italian side run out as 2-1 winners.

Things were even worse for Manchester United however, who went down 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands. To make matters worse Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg following a nasty challenge from Hector Moreno and will be out for several months.
Meanwhile, in Group A Real Madrid served up an expected 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk after the Ukrainian side saw Taras Stepanenko sent off for two bookable offences. Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick, though it was not all good news for the Spanish side as Gareth Bale limped off with a calf injury.
PSG also got off the mark with a win over Swedish outfit Malmo FF thanks to goals from Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani.

Wolfsburg overcame CSKA Moscow in Manchester United's group thanks to a goal from Julian Draxler, while last season's Europa League winners Sevilla overcame Borussia Monchengladbach in the other game in City's Group D.

In Group C Atletico Madrid beat Turkish side Galatasray 2-0 thanks to two early strikes from Antoine Griezmann, while Benfica beat minnows FC Astana in what was the first ever outing for a Kazakh club in the Champions League.

PSV 2-1 Manchester United: Red Devils Fall to Defeat as Shaw Suffers Horror Injury

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Manchester United fell to defeat in Eindhoven on their return to the Champions League on Tuesday night, and felt double the heartache after Luke Shaw suffered a suspected broken leg in the first half.

The returning Memphis Depay gave United the lead prior to half time, but a goal from Hector Moreno and a second half header from Luciano Narsingh ​gave the home side the points, on a night where United will have been wondering how they came away empty-handed.

Prior to kick off, it was seriously loud at the Philips Stadion. The home support were prepared to welcome back their former hero, but Memphis started menacingly. His pace - along with the speed of starting striker Anthony Martial and Ashley Young on the right side - gave United an extra early edge that we've not seen too often this season.

Depay nearly stole in within the first six minutes, but Shaw nearly carved open the PSV defence with a lung-busting run just after the 20 minute mark too. He was clattered in the area by a challenge from Moreno - who took the ball - but you could instantly tell something was seriously wrong.

It emerged during the 8-minute stoppage that the English left back had suffered an horrific broken leg, and the poor 20-year-old will now be out for a number of months. United looked visibly shaken by the incident in the minutes after, and PSV nearly took advantage of it.

However, the visitors took the lead after the returning hero conjured up a moment of brilliance. Played inside by Daley Blind - who had moved to left back in Shaw's absence - Memphis showed some excellent feet to dance through two defenders and slot home. 

United had their tails up by this point, and captain for the night Chris Smalling put pressure on high up the pitch, threw out a step-over and nearly scored himself in the moments after the goal. But United's lead was short-lived. They conceded a corner, and Moreno - who was lucky to be on the pitch - headed towards goal. The ball deflected off Blind and dropped in past Ashley Young and David de Gea on the line.

espite the goal, United remained on top after the break. Memphis and Martial looked bright alongside each other up top and combined well for a sight of goal, but just prior to the hour they were caught by a beautiful counter attacking sucker punch. After being played down the left by Andres Guardado, Maxime Lestienne's pinpoint cross found Narsingh on the far post, and he headed home to give PSV the lead, against the run of play.

Juan Mata seemed uncharacteristically off the pace for most of the evening, even while heavily involved in United's attacking play, but his night was summed up shortly after the goal after he mis-controlled a beautiful pass from Bastian Schweinsteiger inside the six yard box.

United pushed an pushed - at times recklessly - but their efforts ultimately came to nothing. They'll return home counting the cost of defeat, and with their left back in their thoughts.

PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United FC - UEFA Champions League

Monday, September 14, 2015

David de Gea's New Manchester United Contract Contains £30m Release Clause

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David de Gea pulled a dramatic u-turn this week by signing a new four year contract with Manchester United despite having been minutes away from becoming a Real Madrid player.

The move fell through thanks to administration errors that saw paperwork delayed and ​both clubs blame each other for the mishap.

De Gea has since signed a new contract at Old Trafford to secure a place in the starting lineup ahead of the 2016 Euro finals, only this deal will have a £30m release clause inserted, according to the Sun.

Such a clause protects the player from having to be tied down to the club should a bid be made and it also gives United security that he will not be able to run down his contract or force through a move for anything less than that figure.

Real Madrid already have Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla at the club, although the former was used as a bargaining chip to push the ill-fated De Gea move through on transfer deadline day.

Manchester United v Liverpool - Premier League

Despite De Gea not getting his 'dream move', he still ended up securing an economically satisfactory deal while reestablishing himself as United's first choice shot stopper after Sergio Romero was deployed during the days it seemed De Gea would end up at the Santiago Bernabeu.