Opening Premier League Review 2011/12

August 15, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under sports news Leave a Comment 

Manchester United Seal 3 Points Away to West Brom

This season’s opening Premier League fixtures started this weekend as Man Utd and Bolton sealed 2-1 and 4-0 wins respectively to move to the top of the table.

Man Utd got a winning start to their Premier League campaign after an opening goal from Wayne Rooney on 12 minutes and an own goal (courtesy of an Ashley Young’s cross) in the 82nd minute helped them overcome the error by new keeper David De Gea in letting Shayne Long’s simple shot into the net.

Shayne Long, West Brom’s new signing from the Championship, made a simple shot into the corner that Utd’s goal keeper De Gea should easily saved.  The lack of confidence in the 20 year old goal keeper, evident from the Community Shield against Manchester City last week, will have to be sorted out if the champions are to retain their title.

Asides from goal keeping errors, Man Utd also now have injury problems at the back after Rio Ferdinance and Nemnja Vidic both left the pitch early due to injury problems. Ferdinand is expected to be out for up to 6 weeks (missing England’s 2012 qualifiers in the next International break) while Vidic will also be out for 2 weeks with a thigh strain.  Given Ferguson’s heavy investment in young players (which has an average age of just 22 years old in their 1st team) he will need his experienced players back from injury as soon as possible.  French International Patrice Evra is also included on the injury list.

Overall however, 3 points away at the Hawthorns was a great start to a Manchester United team which only managed 5 away victories all season in the Premier League last year.

Arsenal Lose Fabregas to Barcelona

Fabregas’ long stand flirtation with Barcelona has finally ended after a deal worth up to £35 million was agreed between Barcelona and Arsenal.  The former Catalan player was on a plane to Barcelona last night to receive a medical and was presented to the Catalan fans early this morning.

Fabregas first joined Arsenal as a 16 year old in 2003 from the Barcelona academy.  In October 2003, he became Arsenal’s youngest first team player when he played against Rotherham United in the league cup aged 16 and 177 days.  He became captain of Arsenal in 2008 (after Gallas was stripped of the honours) and has scored 57 goals in 303 appearances in total.  Cesc Fabregas has also played a number of times for Spain.  In 2010 he won the World Cup in South Africa and also won the Euro 2008 in Austria.  His only major trophy for Arsenal came in the 2005 FA Cup Final in which they beat rivals Manchester Utd.

Overall, Arsenal’s loss of their inspiration, young leader will be a huge blow to the team, albeit it was inevitable really.  Fabregas has always stated his desire to go back to the club he left as a child, and his loyalty to Arsenal was seen after delaying his transfer last year for one extra season and using his own salary (£880,000 per year) top subside his transfer to Barcelona.

 

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