EL 16/02/12 – Ajax v Manchester United

United visited Amsterdam for the first leg of their Last 32 tie with Ajax in the Europa League and ‘Thursday Nights, Channel 5’ delivered a nice 2-0 win, away goals and some moments of beauty for me to show you.

1. Cleverley pass and stats

Seeing Tom Cleverley return to the side was a big plus last night. This clip shows a first time pass on the turn into the channel perfectly hit for Rooney to run on to.
It was also an excuse to post his passing stats from the game:

46 attempted passes 45 successful (98%) with 100% in the attacking third (16/16). Geektastic.

2. De Gea save

Another solid game from Big Dave. His highlight this game was a wonderful save in the first half to keep it at 0-0. Like his save v Chelsea a few weeks back, he shows great agility to throw himself to his left and produce another top drawer save.

3. Rooney Dummy

Not the most exciting clip I admit but the dummy was great and shows a nice understanding with Cleverley who was able to knock a quick ball out wide to start another attack. This one fizzled out but if they keep trying moves like this it will soon pay off and produce a high class goal.

4. Paul Scholes

This is why I made the blog. What a legend. Gets on the ball, little pass inside, gets the return and then a sexy outside of the boot pass into Rooney. Love love love.

5. Our second goal

This was a brilliant team goal starting from De Gea, involving some nice play under pressure from Nani and Carrick, a wonderful pass from Carrick to Valenica, Valencia carrying on his recent form and beating his man before Hernandez and Rooney swap passes for the former to finish. Beautiful.


Nani getting it right and setting up the first HERE


One thought on “EL 16/02/12 – Ajax v Manchester United

  1. anidea

    fantastic post…. i agree, love scholes,,, little one two and then, a gem of a pass… cleverley is on th same boat,,.. in spite of watching th whole match, i missed tht cleverley pass… gr88 post, mate !! keep it up.


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