August was a bad month that changed into a decent one for United. The first match against Everton went badly with a 1-0 loss at Everton followed by a good win against Fulham with Robin van Persie and Kagawa scoring their first goals at Old Trafford.
September saw four fixtures for United. The two home matches were against Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur while the away matches were against Southampton and Liverpool.
The first match of September was Southampton vs Manchester United.
Southampton vs. Manchester United (2-3)
The match was the second match to go 3-2 for us. It was also a historical day with RvP scoring his first hat trick for us. We let in two goals in the 18th and 55th minute while RvP scored in the 23rd, 87th and the 90th minute pulling us through to a 3-2 win against the Saints.
Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic (4-0)
The first match to end up as a thrashing of the opposition. It started with a goal from Scholes in the 51st minute followed by Hernandez in the 63rd minute. Buttner scored his first goal in the 66th minute and our favorite midfielder Powell scored his first in the 82nd minute.
The win pulled us to the 2nd position in the league.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United (1-2)
Liverpool. Ah, how important is that match. As always, Gerrard scored a goal for Liverpool in the 46th minute. Gerrard’s goal was cancelled out by a sensational volley from Rafael in the 51st minute followed by a van Persie penalty in the 81st minute. The penalty was given after Glen Johnson fouled Valencia in the box.
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur (2-3)
The second loss of the season and the first home loss of the season was against the Spurs. It was a bad performance from United after failing to show up in the first half of the match. Vertonghen and Bale punished bad defensive positioning in the first half with goals in the 2nd and 32nd minute from the duo. United’s efforts to comeback was rewarded with a goal from Nani in the 51st minute. Dempsey then made things impossible in the 52nd minute. Kagawa tried to salvage the match at the 54th minute with a well taken goal. In the end, Spurs stood gallant in their defence.
At the end of September
The end of September propelled us to the 3rd place in the league. The only guys ahead of us were Chelsea and Everton. The month of October looked tough with two away matches at Newcastle and Chelsea with one home match against Stoke.
- What did you think about Chelsea’s strong run early in the first two seasons, 5 wins and 1 draws? Were they the team to beat after that run?
- Statistically we scored 14 goals and let in 9 goals. What did you think about the leaky defence after the 2 months?
- Rooney and Kagawa played an important role in Tottenham Spurs match, what was your ‘feeling’ about Kagawa?