Juventus 1-3 Inter: unbeaten run ends at 49

November 4, 2012
Juventus 1-3 Inter: unbeaten run ends at 49

Juventus lost a Serie A game for the first time under Antonio Conte, and for the first time in their new stadium.

Conte selected a partnership of Mirko Vucinic as the primary striker and Sebastian Giovinco just behind – the rest of the side was as expected.

Andrea Stramaccioni slightly surprisingly selected his tridente rather than a more cautious 3-5-1-1 system, so Fredy Guarin was only on the bench.

Juventus took the lead within twenty seconds, but Inter were the better side for the majority of the game. Read more »

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: United attack down the right

November 3, 2012
Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal: United attack down the right

Manchester United won comfortably without having to play well.

Sir Alex Ferguson named the same side that started last weekend’s win over Chelsea – Tom Cleverley retained his place in the centre of midfield.

Arsene Wenger also named an unchanged side from Arsenal’s last league fixture, so Theo Walcott was on the bench despite his midweek hat-trick.

Manchester United raced into an early lead and Arsenal never looked likely to get back in the game, failing to record a shot on target until they were 2-0 down, and reduced to ten men after Jack Wilshere’s dismissal. Read more »

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United: two goals a dangerous lead, two men a significant advantage

October 29, 2012
Chelsea 2-3 Manchester United: two goals a dangerous lead, two men a significant advantage

Manchester United snatched the three points after Chelsea went down to nine men at 2-2.

Roberto Di Matteo was again without John Terry through suspension, while Frank Lampard was injured, so Chelsea’s starting XI was as expected.

Sir Alex Ferguson returned to more of a traditional Manchester United system after recent experimentations with a diamond. Ashley Young was the biggest surprise on the teamsheet, deployed out on the left.

Manchester United went ahead on the counter as Chelsea dominated the first half, before the away side’s numerical supremacy led to dominance of the final 25 minutes. Read more »