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PICTURE: United scored at the perfect time at Goodison Park…

United chose their time to score wisely at Goodison Park on Saturday on 18:19, sticking it to both sides of Merseyside at the same time!

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Tracking Tom Cleverley – Everton (A)

Tom in action against Everton on Saturday. Photo: Michael Regan (Getty Images)

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Noisy Neighbours

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VIDEO: Betfair’s “Trash your Tevez shirt” campaign

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Reaction to the Otelul Galati game

1. Michael Carrick. For me, last nights MOTM was a no-brainer with Michael Carrick putting in the sort of performance you want from any midfielder. Every time Carrick has played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League this year, he has covered the most ground and last night was no different. He was everywhere. The thing I enjoyed most about watching him last night was that he showed an excellent range of accurate passing that I haven’t seen him do for a long time. I thought he had lost his expansive passing game but from glorious 60 yard cross field balls to intricate 20 yard passes between three defenders, he was linking the defence and attack in his style of old. He was also in the right place in the right time in defence and his 67th minute diving block to stop Galati getting a shot off epitomised his commitment on the night. His mis-timed shot after Nani’s cutback was not unexpected but still unfortunate, as Carrick has lost his goalscoring touch having not scored in 60 games. Despite this, Carrick’s chances have been very limited this season but on last nights merits, he did himself no harm in showing what he can still do. Well done Michael.

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BREAKING: United team to face Otelul Galati

Lindegaard, Smalling, Evra, Vidic, Fabio, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Hernández.

Subs: De Gea, Evans, Fletcher, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck, Jones

A few thoughts ahead of the Otelul Galati game…

United have a tough midweek away fixture to Romanian outfit Otelul Galati tonight in what has now become a must win Champions League fixture to breath life into our slow-starting European campaign. It comes only 3 days after United walked away from Anfield with a great point after a tough 1-1 draw that Hernandez grabbed with a late headed equaliser. Any United fan who was disappointed with that result needs to take a look at themselves: United were without Vidic/Rooney/Nani/Hernandez and Cleverley for the fixture and to end our losing streak of 3 games with such a defensively minded set up was a testament to the grit and determination that we put in that day. Champions League minnows Otelul Galati might seem feeble opposition on paper, having lost both their opening games in the group, but any midweek fixture in Eastern Europe is tough no matter who the opposition is.  Read more of this post

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