Well, that was coming, wasn't it? Having held on for large parts of the game United surrendered a late equaliser at Cardiff, a timely reminder that things are not going to come easy this season.
Not only are things not going to come easy for the Reds this season, but United conspired to make their life harder by missing a couple of chances in the second half which, had they been converted, would have put the game to bed.
Everybody makes mistakes. Even Alex Ferguson, even Miley Cyrus. David Moyes, however, can't take a step without stepping into dog turd. A professional manager, you wouldn't necessarily believe it. However, it's apparently too early to call for his head regardless of whether or not you thought he was the wrong choice in the first place.
Heading into the international break and the final week of its World Cup qualifying group stage play, England is at the top of Group H with 16 points; one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro and three points ahead of Poland. The Three Lions will face Montenegro on Friday and Poland next Tuesday in two crucial matches that could ensure qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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Hodgson's England Must Change Tactics for the Wembley Games
After a monotonous game that had more stoppages than an Audley Harrison fight, I was left contemplating Roy Hodgson's tactics going forward, especially now with the realisation we must take six points from our last two games to qualify.
Después de los dos partidos eliminatorios para la Copa del Mundo en fechas FIFA, Inglaterra se mantiene en la cima del Grupo H por apenas un punto. El viernes, el Equipo de la Rosa aplastó a Moldavia por 4-0 en una victoria decisiva en el estadio de Wembley y sin Wayne Rooney (descalabrado) ni Daniel Sturridge (tendón de la corva), quienes siguen lesionados.
England will travel to Kiev this Tuesday to play Ukraine in a crucial World Cup Qualifying Match. The Three Lions currently sit atop Group H of the UEFA Region with 15 points, while Ukraine find themselves in third with 14 points.
A positive result for England is a must as they have a particularly difficult upcoming schedule, playing Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland, the second, third and fourth place teams in the group.
England's attacking options for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifying match are dwindling. With Danny Welbeck out due to an accumulation of yellow cards, and Wayne Rooney still injured with a gash in his head, Roy Hodgson found out today that striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out due to a thigh injury.
As Manchester United travel to Cardiff tomorrow they'll not only hope to secure a fourth consecutive league win, but they'll also want to kick off what promises to be an extremely difficult week in the best possible way.
A trip to the Welsh capital is followed by a potentially crucial tie away at Leverkusen on Wednesday, before United complete their hat-trick of away games with a visit to big-spending and goal-shy Tottenham Hotspurs next week in case David Moyes assumed beating Arsenal would buy him some time, the next seven days will be a timely reminder that at United tests are never too far away.
The underlying difficulty in scoring a goal is often overlooked in modern day football. It's arguably the toughest task to accomplish as a footballer. So there's no shock to see the average fan flabbergasted at the phenomenal goal-scoring ratios of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Since the invention of the sport, its been clear that goals are a key component to success – you can't win if you don't score – which is why many are concerned about Manchester United's recent form.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is all clear to be fit for international duty and has been included in the England squad by Roy Hodgson. Rooney missed the Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League yesterday. There was a lot of suspicion that he may miss the weekend's match against Sunderland, but David Moyes expects him to be available for this away trip.
Manchester United visited Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last night in a match that ended 1-1 at the Donbass Arena. David Moyes and his men were in desperate need of a good result after losing to West Bromwich Albion at home in the Premier League this past weekend, and a trip to the Ukraine didn't look to be easiest way to get back on track.
Danny Welbeck scored a vital goal to earn Manchester United a point in Shakhtar Donetsk last night but he nearly didn't make the trip after being left behind at the training ground. United's squad trained on Tuesday morning before catching a flight to Ukraine. But is has emerged that the coach arranged to take [.
Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United boss David Moyes has claimed his team, in particular his defence, did "very well"; however, he also spoke of how missed chances cost his team all three points.
Danny Welbeck's early goal looked to be enough for the Red Devils as they sought to become the first English side in history to win away from home to the Ukrainian outfit.
When your sat at the bottom your stairs for 20 mins tryna find the energy to make to climb to the sofa! #Fatigued pic.twitter.com/N7OSXEzadU Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) September 30, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has poked fun at England team-mate Danny Welbeck's hair after fans thought he had pinched the Welbeck look.
Manchester United will look to bounce back from an embarrassing 4-1 defeat on Sunday against local rivals Manchester City. Manager David Moyes is expected to make a number of changes as the club hope to set things right in their second match against Liverpool early this season after they were defeated in the Premier League by their North West rivals at the start of the month.
Manchester City thrashed rivals Manchester United at the Ethiad Stadium.
David Moyes made two changes to the side that defeated Bayer Leverkusen midweek. Danny Welbeck led the line in a 4-4-1-1 with Wayne Rooney positioned behind him. Ashley Young was also included in the starting eleven, pushing Shinji Kagawa to the bench.
After two World Cup qualifying matches during the international break, England remains at the top of Group H by a narrow one point margin. On Friday, the Three Lions took down Moldova 4-0 in a crucial win at Wembley Stadium without Wayne Rooney (head laceration) and Daniel Sturridge (hamstring), who both remain injured.
He may have carelessly got himself a yellow card that rules him out of England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine this week, but Danny Welbeck still provided another signal of his huge improvement so far this season in the 4-0 win over Moldova.
Last year was the leanest of times for the youngster, who scored just one league goal for Manchester United, a figure he had already beaten by the end of the opening game of this term.
Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that he enjoys watching Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck following the youngster's latest brace for the Three Lions. Welbeck was at the double for Roy Hodgson's side against Moldova on Friday, but will be forced to miss out on tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine thanks to a yellow card suspension.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck will be forced to miss out on England's next World Cup qualifying match. Roy Hodgson's side plays Ukraine on Tuesday as they look to clinch a spot in next summer's World Cup in Brazil, but they will be without one of their most consistent goalscorers.
Welbeck picked up his yellow card for kicking the ball after the referee had blown his whistle for an offside call, much to the chagrin of Hodgson.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernández no tiene ninguna intención de dejar Manchester United este verano, según su representante. El jugador de 25 años de edad, ha retrocedido en su elegibilidad para jugar luego de la llegada de Robin Van Persie durante la temporada pasada, sin embargo, su agente sostiene que Javier está muy contento en el club.
It's transfer deadline day and Manchester United, after another inept performance, are yet to make a signing that can add any dimension to the squad. Do not let the 4-1 opening day victory over Swansea fool you, Manchester United were not 3 goals better than Swansea. For it not for the ruthless finishing of Robin Van Persie and the teasing increased shooting ability of Danny Welbeck, Manchester United had as many shots as Swansea and less of the ball.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has revealed his excitement for Sunday's match against high-flying Liverpool, saying that it's a "massive" fixture. The Red Devils are in the middle of one of the most difficult early season fixture lists, having already played Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side. Following the Liverpool clash, new manager David Moyes will have to take on Premier League runners-up in just the club's fifth match of the new season.
David Moyes' Old Trafford debut ended in a lacklustre scoreless draw against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
Moyes made one change to the side that defeated Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last week. Wayne Rooney started in the no.10 role behind Robin Van Persie, pushing Danny Welbeck to the left flank, while Antonio Valencia kept his place on the right.
Despite the massive build up, it all ended as a 0-0 draw on Monday at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Chelsea. Both teams came into the game looking to claim first place early on in this 2013/2014 Barclays Premier League campaign. A Chelsea win or a draw would have kept the Blues on top of the table and a United win would have seen the defending champions back in first.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is encouraging striker Danny Welbeck to score 20 goals this season after the English international scored a brace in the club's opening match. The striker has never scored more than 9 goals in the Premier League in one year but Moyes believes the 22-year-old has a new-found confidence that will surely help.
1. We would have settled for a point ahead of kick-off, at a ground no English club has ever won at before, but it's hard not to be disappointed with the result after taking the lead so early and containing our opponents until late in to the game. After a great first half performance, it wasfrustrating to see us take our foot off the gas in the second half.
On Tuesday evening, England go into their final away fixture of the World Cup qualifying campaign without Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge. With just Jermain Defoe and Rickie Lambert available (from the existing squad named by Roy Hodgson) no replacements have been called for.
England climbed back to the top of their World Cup qualifying group Friday night after a comfortable 4-0 win against Moldova at Wembley Stadium.
Southanpton striker Rickie Lambert grabbed his second goal of his England career, as well as playing a pivotal role in Danny Welbeck's two goals. Unfortunately, Welbeck will be suspended from England's game on Tuesday after receiving a yellow card for taking a shot on goal after the referee had blown his whistle.
In the last couple of weeks, referees have been under a substantial amount of media pressure after Andre Marriner's penalty decision at Stamford Bridge and Wes Brown's red card at Stoke. It was therefore important that the referees had a good weekend, to rebuild some confidence heading into the busy christmas period.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has given fans somewhat of an injury update, stressing that he is working hard to make a quick return to club and international action. Johnson was forced to watch Friday night's England match from the stands after withdrawing from the squad with an injury, and revealed on his official Twitter account that he is gutted to be missing the Three Lions' World Cup qualifying campaign.