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United down arch-rivals Liverpool in Cup Final thriller

Posted by nickogs20 on July 31, 2008

Manchester United Liverpool
MUFC Reserves 3-2 Liverpool Reserves

Cleverley 28 Eccleston 40
Gray 51 Brouwer 72
Drinkwater 87


A late, late goal from Danny Drinkwater decisively swung a topsy-turvy match in United’s favour and, in doing so, secured the Lancashire Senior Cup for the Reds and a first trophy in management for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With David Gray captaining the side, the team lined up with Zieler in goal, his first game back after his success in the European U-19 Championships, and a back line of Simpson, Cathcart, Chester and Eckersley. In midfield, United played a 4-5-1 formation with Gray wide on the right and Cleverley on the left with Gibson, Possebon, Hewson in the middle, leaving Campbell up front. However, when we attacked it was a more fluid 4-3-3.

United started the brighter with some really good team play. Gibson was booked early on for a rash challenge but it was Gray and Cleverley who looked the most likely to open up the Liverpool defence. In fact Gray set up our first chance with a great cross that Campbell should have scored with from close range. Then on 28 minutes, Tom Cleverley gave United the lead shooting from just in the area after Liverpool failed to clear.

Liverpool hardly threatened but got an undeserved equaliser when one of their players scored with a terrific strike from outside the box giving Zieler no chance.

Half-time: 1-1

United upped the tempo in the second half and started playing some real quality football. After Gibson intercepted a stray Liverpool pass, he played an exquisite slide rule pass through the defence which Campbell ran onto, before crossing to the far post and Gray slid in to give United a deserved 2-1 lead. The Reds started creating numerous opportunities and it could have been 3-1 when Campbell hit the bar after good work from Simpson and Gray. On 56 minutes Possebon was replaced by Drinkwater – perhaps he was being saved for an appearance on Saturday? – but almost immediately Liverpool equalised with a header at the near post with only their second shot on goal.

United continued to press and with three minutes to go, Drinkwater won the match for United after some good play across the pitch with numerous players involved. It was a totally deserved winner as United had dominated the game from start to finish. He lifted the trophy as captain, with both Ole Solskjaer and Alex Ferguson looking on.

Corry Evans replaced Hewson on 90 minutes. The crowd of 660 then took great delight in watching United lift the trophy for the first time since 1969!

The MOM was given to Darron Gibson, and although he played well, Richard Eckersley was in fine form, Tom Cleverley impressing all over the pitch and Fraizier Campbell’s running off the ball a delight to watch. But the real star was David Gray who set up two goals, scored one and was outstanding from start to finish.

1. Ron-Robert Zieler
2. David Gray (c)
3. Richard Eckersley
4. Craig Cathcart
5. James Chester
6. Danny Simpson
7. Rodrigo Possebon (14. Danny Drinkwater ’56)
8. Darron Gibson
9. Fraizer Campbell
10. Tom Cleverley
11. Sam Hewson (16. Corry Evans ’90)
Unused Subs:
12. Jimmy Derbyshire
13. Ben Amos
15. Magnus Eikrem

Huge thanks to Mr MUJAC from RedCafe for the report. The official site has a report of its own up here.


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7 Responses to “United down arch-rivals Liverpool in Cup Final thriller”

  1. Tony Starks said

    thanks this is a very useful site

  2. Mac said

    just wondering if this is the main united reserve side because the main liverpool reserves were all away with the senior side. 3-2 hey, if nemeth, pacheco, spearing etc were playing it would have been a different story.

  3. nickogs20 said

    It’s a pretty strong United side, albeit one that was forced to play 451 because we only had one available forward.

    If my aunty had bollocks she’d be my uncle etc…

  4. Oli said

    By the sounds of it we run out quite easy winners, more so than the scoreline suggests

  5. prongs said

    ho ho for all the pishtosh about nemeeth and pachecho , they played a dire 0-0 against a mediocre villareal .

    I would rather watch possebon with such delirious first touch than a nemeth who has been touted along with van basted by the kop clowns , run after the ball doing the kuyt man !

  6. Resivoir Dog said

    How good do you see Cleverley becoming on the wing? What senior playe does he look like? Thanks.

  7. nickogs20 said

    Cleverley isn’t really a winger, he was playing there mainly because we have a lack of wingers anyway and those that we do have are injured or unavailable at the moment. He’s more of a box-to-box central midfield player – not sure there’s really a senior player to accurately compare him with, I suppose Owen Hargreaves is the nearest, there are similarities in terms of their dynamism, tendency to keep passing simple and workrate, although Cleverley is a bit more naturally attacking.

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