N.B-52 Gets The 90 Mins But The Mackems’ Go Down To A Narrow Defeat To Man United
Featured player Nicklas Bendtner played the 90 minutes as Sunderland put on a brave performance at Old Trafford this afternoon against Manchester United. Sunderland set out in a 4-4-2 counter-attacking system against Man-U with N.B-52 and Connor Wickham upfront but the later was stretchered off early on due to a injury replaced by Ji Dong Won.
Nicklas Bendtner showed some neat touches throughout, coming deep and linking play when Sunderland had chances to counter-attack, linking up well with the Mackems’ midfield. N.B-52 nearly grabbed a shock lead for Sunderland early on, recieving a 35 yard pass from the right back, before trapping it well on his chest & turning, before driving at the United backline, he fired a side-footed effort low to Danish compatriot Anders Lindegaard’s right but the keeper got down well to save. Man-U had some possesion early on and were looking to get Wayne Rooney on the ball as much as possible, Rooney was playing in a central midfield role as a playmaker and was spraying some nice passes at times out to Nani and overlapping full-back Phil Jones.
Man-U’s crowd were getting slightly nervous, and you could tell at times as play was broke up by Sunderland’s rugged defensive midfielder Lee Cattermole. Man United took the lead from a set piece minutes from the Half-time break, Nani lofted in a corner and Danny Welbeck got accross his marker and got a flick to it but the final touch defelcted off of Wes Brown and it was 1-0 to Man Utd. It stayed like that going into the interval, Man United were somewhat lucky to be ahead.
In the second half Sunderland grew into the game abit more and maybe realised there was a possibility of getting something out of the game, pressing high up the pitch. Ji Dong won beat Evra to the ball before firing over, Wayne Rooney then had a chance firing it at Westwood who parried it then fell to Patrice Evra who got his shot away but Westwood tipped it wide it was a brilliant double save by the keeper to keep it @ 1-0 to the hosts.
N.B-52 collected the ball deep in his own half before jinking past Rooney, before being slided down by the England marksman. Sunderland were looking to profit on the link up between Bendtner and Seb Larsson and it nearly paid off with 10 minutes or so to go, Seb Larsson fired a low cross at pace accross Lindegaard’s goal Bendtner threw himself towards it but was just inches away from reaching it, it seemed a goal was coming for either side in the next few minutes.
It was to stay Man United 1-0 Sunderland, but it was a brave effort from the Mackems’,
N.B-52 Report: Nicklas was a threat all afternoon for Vidic and Ferdinand, coming deep to collect the ball and ready to recieve difficult passes by bringing it down and trapping it with some lovely first touches n’ run at the United backline. Along with Seb Larsson, he looked like one of the Mackems’ most dangerous players with some creative play, He tried to make things happen but today but it wasn’t to be.
Cheers – Matthew Collins