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Liga de Quito v Manchester United, Club World Cup Final Match Thread

Manchester United take on Liga de Quito at the Yokohama International Stadium in 3 hours to play the Club World Cup final.

You like it, you don’t like it, it doesn’t matter anymore because in 5 hours or so we’ll either be World Champions (and the first British club to win the title) or the laughing stock of England because mark my words, while everyone puts down this competition, the moment United slip up we’re going to get pilloried with jibes of ‘you couldn’t beat the Mexicans’ and what not.

Quito’s coach has called us ‘the best team in England’, which I find partially offensive considering that we are by all rights the best team in the world, at least on the basis of last season.

Ferguson thinks Quito will be much stronger defensively than our previous opponents, and despite the goal-scoring frenzy last time around we’ll need to step our game up a couple of notches or else we’ll get a nasty surprise.

SAF:

“I’m very pleased that we’re in the final, but we will be facing a stern test, as Liga de Quito are very strong defensively.

My assistant Mick Phelan and I saw a video of their semi-final against Pachuca and also had them watched by a scout. Quito are a typically South American side – solid at the back and dangerous in front of goal.

It will certainly be anything but an easy match, it is the final of the Club World Cup so you can’t expect an easy ride.”

Ronaldo wants to win everything as well – you’d think he’s won enough, but good for him and good for United if he’s still motivated to win more titles:

“I really want to win this trophy after the year I have had. Not just for me, but for United. No other British team has won it and we want to be the first to do that.

And I believe it will give us extra motivation to win the Champions League and Premier League again.”

I don’t think it gives us any extra motivation but if we’re in it, we might as well go on and give it a fair shot at winning. Plus with Liverpool failing last time around, it would be great to go one step further than them.

Berbatov is set to start on the bench, Fletcher, Carrick, Rooney, Park and Rafael are all set to start.

Predictions: 2-1 to Manchester United. We’re certain to concede given the circumstances but we should be able to put at least 2 goals past Quito.

Meanwhile back in England Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates today while Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow night. Let’s hope that Arsenal and Everton can take points off Pool and Chelsea and don’t leave us with too big of a mountain to climb when we get back.

Over to you.

62 Comments

62 Comments

  1. Grognard

    21 December 2008 at 18:28

    @Craig Mc: When you are the champions, headhunters come out of the dark to chop you down. Players can take only so much abuse before they retaliate. The lack of discipline just speaks loudly of the poor officiating and bloody cynical lenience that is being allowed against our boys. Every time they take two steps with the ball in the attacking zone, they are hacked down mercilessly. I’m surprised they haven’t retaliated more to be honest. Stupid of them to do so, but pain and the heat of the moment can bring the worst out in all of us. You can’t coach that out of a player because then you would also be quashing their passion as well. Now my defense of them does not count when it comes like brain draining moments like Nani’s red card at the end of last season. That was just selfish stupidity as he retaliated over nothing. Sorry about the Nani bash their Bro. As far as I’m concerned Ronaldo should pack a firearm for the kind of abuse he receives every game. 😉

  2. Grognard

    21 December 2008 at 18:41

    Well what did I say was going to happen in Tokyo? I said that United would be the better team by far and that they should win by 3-0 or 4-0 but that in the end, they would win it 1-0. I’d like to say that yet again the Grognard got it right but I have to say that United created enough quality chances that they should have won the game 4-1 or 5-1. Rooney and company were constantly making a meal of quality chances but some credit must go to LDU’s keeper who had a great game. Yes EVDS also made som great long range saves but lets face it, other than their keeper and the very impressive Alejando Monsa, LDU were just what I claimed they were yesterday. A shit side with delusions of grandeur. They were not in the same league with United and the only reason the game was close was their diabolical and cynical fouls of our key players and their ten men behind the ball approach which hung on well beyond what they should have.

    Monsa had some nice long range shots and he looks to be the kind of player that is very useful offensively, but he was surrounded by a bunch of hacks with limited skills that could not match us or even outplay us when we went down to ten men. Honest to God, I just don’t get why we are so poor at finishing this season? 🙄 😕 Incredibly frustrated by the fact that we have to struggle to beat every team that plays ten men behind the ball and that plays the game physically.

    As for performances, nobody really stands out for me. Anderson, Rafael, Carrick and Ronaldo all played well and I’d include Rooney in that if he hadn’t missed so many opportunities. EVDS was very good in both games even though we were far superior to both the teams we played, we still gave them the odd half chance from long range and he did have to make some big saves.

    Anyway, very happy that we are now officially Champions of the world. Another feather in our cap and yet another trophy to display at OT. Now hopefully we won’t be punished too much from the jet lag and the trip and have this trip hurt our title chances. Only time will tell.

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  4. Craig Mc

    21 December 2008 at 20:15

    @Grognard: Grog Bro, there’s NEVER any excuse for retaliation, not when it means we lose players for more important games. The elbow by Vid was so not necessary, it wasn’t as you say in the FINAL THIRD. Now we lose him for a much more important game – feckin pathetic mate. Would you rather we win the CL game with Inter, ot this dinky wink so called World Championship game. I would rather tan the arses of inter.

  5. Craig Mc

    21 December 2008 at 20:17

    ps – Mourinho is laughing his arse off today, and who the feck can blame him?.

  6. Grognard

    21 December 2008 at 20:27

    @Craig Mc: I’m not condoning it. I just understand where it’s coming from. This team feels persecuted on the pitch. They never get the right calls from the refs and they are always hacked down, their shirts pulled etc. After a while you snap. It’s not right what Vidic did but somebody has to stop the initial act that forced his hand. Hell LDU had five yellows in the game when they should have had ten. Other than Monsa, nobody on their side came to play football. They were a disgrace.

  7. Grognard

    21 December 2008 at 20:33

    Also, when you invite a team to travel thousands of miles and go through Hell in terms of sleep deprivation, jet lag and the such, why then are red cards carried over to important matches in the future? How is that fair? Did Barca, Chelsea or Bayern have to play in this useless little tournament (aka a major bloody inconvenience)? No, So why should any red card against us benefit Inter or any other club we were to face in the future. This was nothing more than an elaborate exhibition match stuck in the middle of our schedule and now we get punished for playing in it in more ways than one. Fuck FIFA and fuck their little marketing ploy. United’s only concern is the Prem and the Champions League. Instead we have to fly to Japan, endure fatigue and possible injury all to satisfy the marketing brass of FIFA. Like I said earlier, FUCK them. 😡

  8. Craig Mc

    21 December 2008 at 21:53

    @Grognard: Grog, if Barca, Chelsea or Bayern didn’t have to play in this tournament, then what is wrong with the United board, that we agree to play?. What are we little YES men then. Are we less than Barca, Bayern, Chelsea – if so question whether we are as great as we think we are/ If Chelsea, Bayern and Barca said no, what the feck did we agree for?. Money, money, money, are we that hard up – 🙁 🙁 🙁 .

  9. Traverse

    22 December 2008 at 02:43

    @Grognard: Chelsea, Barca and Bayern didn’t win the Champions league last season. That’s the ONLY way to be in the tournament. I’m also fairly certain we don’t have a choice in the matter. The 2000 scenario was an entirely different competition and that we did have a choice in (we’d already played Palermos I believe to be ‘Intercontinental Champions’). Liverpool played in this a couple of years ago and lost yet there was no talk of it at all by the press, but they aren’t exactly a massive club…..

    No one can excuse what Vidic did, but on the same note, their defenders made countless bad challenges after they all, including the goalkeeper, received yellow cards and didn’t get the marching orders.

    We played a tidy game against a decent team, outplayed them massively and Rooney scored on the big stage again. Not bad for a meaningless game.

    Champions of England. Champions of Europe. Masters of the Universe :mrgreen:

  10. Grognard

    22 December 2008 at 19:36

    @Craig Mc: You are missing the point mate. Those clubs you mention didn’t win the CL, we did so therefore, we are obligated to play. The fact that they don’t have to play gives them an advantage over us in this year’s Cl because I fear we will be suffering jet ag fatigue for quite a while. Truthfully, though, the matchup against Inter is so far away we will be over the symptoms by then. I do expect it to cause us problem over the next two to three weeks in the EPL though. We play easy teams but if we tire in the second half, one of these teams or more could steal points off us. The lads will have to dig down and find that extra gear and dose of adrenaline to conquer the fatigue. I’ll have faith but I am worried. Hell we were having a hard time scoring before the jet lag. 😆

  11. Grognard

    22 December 2008 at 19:41

    @Traverse: You know the Vidic red card has had too much made of it just like Rooney’s stomping incident against Aalborg. Rooney did not intentionally stomp the guy as he was off balance due to his challenge. Vidic did shove the player poorly using his elbow but he did not really elbow the player in the classic fashion. The ass hole did his greatest thespian imitation and made it look like he was just shot. The referee just jumped the gun too soon without taking a few seconds to think it over. I would have given him yellow for a shove and that’s all. Yet another case of United players getting the wrong end of the judicial stick while others run rampant onus trying to cripple our best players. Where is the justice in all that? 🙄

  12. Grognard

    22 December 2008 at 19:43

    @Traverse: Hold on pal, we have yet to play FC Mars or AC Pluto. I think they will have a say about who are the Masters of the Universe, or at least the galaxy. 😆 I hear both team are very good in the air while one is a very good team in cold weather and the other in hot weather and high altitudes. 😉

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