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 Match Information 
 2015-11-25 (19:45) (ECup)  Manchester United 0–0 PSV Eindhoven
  Venue: Old Trafford (75321)
  Lineup: De Gea  Darmian  Smalling  Blind  Rojo  Schneiderlin  Schweinsteiger  Lingard  Rooney  Depay  Martial 


Manchester United 0-0 PSV Eindhoven
Posted by   Bill   on   2015-11-25 @ 20:25:32 -0700

Man Utd 0-0 PSV Eindhoven

FT 90 +4
HT 0-0

Manchester United's involvement in this season's Champions League remains in the balance after they were held to a goalless draw at home to PSV.

It was a frustrating night for United, who pressed and dominated possession but struggled to hurt their opponents.

Jesse Lingard fired their best chance over the bar, while Morgan Schneiderlin saw a close-range shot saved.

United will qualify for the last 16 if they beat group leaders Wolfsburg in their final game on 8 December.

The top three sides in the group - Wolfsburg, United and PSV - are now separated by only two points.

United knew before Wednesday that a win would be enough to send them through, but the draw leaves them in a very precarious position.

They remain in charge of their own fate, with PSV are a point behind them in third, but the Dutch side's final game is at the Philips Stadion against CSKA Moscow, who are already eliminated following a 2-0 home loss to Wolfsburg.

The Dutch side also have the advantage of a superior head-to-head record against United, who were beaten 2-1 in the Netherlands in September.

High pressing is in vogue in England, thanks largely to Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool, and United employed the tactic during an opening quarter that was full of energy and intent but lacking in end product.

A hassled and harried PSV were starved of the ball and pinned back in their own half but rarely in real danger as United failed to find the killer ball, turn of pace or piece of skill to open up a side more than happy to leave Manchester with a well-earned point.

In the few times they earned a sight of goal, Lingard's touch let him down in the box, Schneiderlin fluffed a chance from close range from a corner and Anthony Martial fired a shot straight at the keeper from inside the box.

As their energy waned, United were even less effective after the break, resulting in aimless balls forward and the inevitable, ineffective introduction of Marouane Fellaini.

Lingard's glanced header and shot over the bar after Ashley Young's cross had deflected into his path was the closest they came to a winner.

An increasingly comfortable and confident PSV could even have won the game themselves had Santiago Arias found a cross to match the movement and driving run that took him clear down the right.

Martial's role in United's attack has been the source of much debate in recent weeks, with many suggesting his pace would be better employed in an outright striking role as opposed to the left of boss Van Gaal's favoured frontman, Wayne Rooney.

Having missed Saturday's league win at Watford, Rooney and Martial returned to the starting XI, but with Rooney in a number 10 role behind the centrally-deployed French teenager as part of a four-man attack that also included Memphis Depay and Lingard.

Martial had two decent opportunities in the first half, the first when the ball broke to him in the box and the second following a smart turn 15 yards out, but both times he was denied by PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet.

He faded into obscurity in the second half, along with the majority of the United side.

But he at least lasted the game, unlike Depay, who scored at Watford on Saturday, but was utterly anonymous here and was replaced by Young around the hour mark.

Van Gaal will need his attacking quartet to be much sharper in Germany in two weeks time.
Luke Shaw tweet
What they said:

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "We could have finished in the first half but also in the second half, to the end we're not so good any more, we were afraid to play the ball but nevertheless do not give too much chances away.

"I cannot say every game in the interview with you that we didn't finish but it is the truth.

"It will be very difficult because Wolfsburg are the best team in our group to play against, but it is possible.

"We have won also at home and PSV has to win against Moscow, it is not so easy."
What's next?

On Saturday, Manchester United return to league action with an away trip to leaders Leicester, where they lost 5-3 last season.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)
Manchester United

01 de Gea
36 Darmian (Mata - 85')
12 Smalling
17 Blind
05 Rojo
28 Schneiderlin
31 Schweinsteiger (Fellaini - 58')
35 Lingard Booked
10 Rooney
07 Depay (Young - 59')
09 Martial


08 Mata
18 Young
19 Wilson
20 Romero
27 Fellaini
33 McNair
44 Pereira

PSV Eindhoven

01 Zoet
04 Arias Booked
05 Bruma
03 Moreno
20 Brenet
18 Guardado
29 Hendrix (Isimat-Mirin - 60')
06 Propper
11 Narsingh (Pereiro - 18')
09 de Jong Booked
19 Locadia


02 Isimat-Mirin
07 Pereiro
08 Schaars
10 Maher
14 Poulsen
22 Pasveer
27 Bergwijn

Ref: Pavel Kralovec
Att: 75,321


Only sleeping
Posted by   PaulJ   on   2015-12-12 @ 13:11:31 -0700

Ambition. Frequent
Disappointment, frustration.
Glory must be earned.

We had never drawn a home game against a Dutch side; our competitive record was five victories and one defeat. Our highest score was six-one against Willem II in 1963 after we had drawn the away leg in the Cup Winners’ Cup. The goals came from Maurice Setters, Bobby Charlton, Phil Chisnall and a hat trick from Denis Law and we even scored theirs, Noel Cantwell putting in his own net. Our best win was probably the 2-0 against a powerful Ajax side in the UEFA Cup in 1976 after we had lost to a Ruud Krol goal in Amsterdam. Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy were the scorers in a typically fearless display by Tommy Docherty’s side. We have hosted PSV four times. In the second round of the UEFA Cup in 1984 we prevailed through a Gordon Strachan penalty in extra time. In the group stage of the Champions League in 2000 Teddy Sheringham’s header put us in front but Marc von Bommell equalised with only thirteen minutes left. In those days that was a signal for us to turn it on, Paul Scholes and a fine Dwight Yorke goal making it three-one. We also won a friendly in 2004, the only goal when Mikael Silvestre headed in a Ryan Giggs corner.

PSV had lost both away games in this competition and the expectation among philosophers who thought us the better side in Eindhoven was that we would win this match and secure qualification for the knock-out round. Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo, absent at Watford, were returned to the starting line-up as was Matteo Darmian, for the first time since his withdrawal for humanitarian reasons from confrontation with Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park at the beginning of the month. For the realists there were contrary indications. PSV lie third in the Eredivisie in which they have lost only once this season. Louis van Gaal has a poor managerial record against them, eleven defeats and six wins, and their youths had hammered ours earlier in the day at Leigh by five goals to nil.

The PSV team was young, only two of them over twenty five. One of these, Mexican Andrés Guardado, boasts 127 caps for his country and has still not reached thirty. We began as one would hope on the front foot; a move up the right ended with Martial cutting back for Rooney and a Jesse Lingard backheel, but no shot. Bastian Schweinsteiger did shoot but it was saved. Guardado executed a superb tackle on Martial and headed away Darmian’s curling cross at the start of was to be an impressive performance. Lingard put in another splendid ball but the resulting corner was efficiently cleared; PSV were playing with discipline and organisation and we were less threatening than we had been against CSKA. Indeed, when Luciano Narsingh pulled a hamstring they played a man short for a long while and you would not have noticed. Rooney was among those who could not get on the end of Darmian’s inviting cross and after the corner kick Morgan Schneiderlin’s ball into the goalmouth was missed by Lingard trying an overhead kick. Martial stepped over Rooney’s cross when he was well placed to shoot but Lingard’s first touch, at speed, was too heavy. The climax to our opening half hour came after a wicked cross from Rojo on the left which Joshua Brenet, facing his own goal, dealt with. From Daley Blind’s corner Schneiderlin escaped Héctor Moreno’s embrace and poked the ball goalwards but Jeroen Zoet got down to gather it under the post.

Before that PSV had ventured forward just the once, when Luke de Jong brushed Chris Smalling aside. Now they attacked with more purpose. Darmian’s tackle on Jürgen Locadia hopefully indicated a return to form but Jorrit Hendrix and de Jong worked a slick move and David de Gea had to make a flying catch. From a corner kick Moreno headed over the goal. PSV’s switch of tactics opened them up a little at the back, but their assessment of the risk this posed proved accurate; from a splendid break by Rooney and Lingard, Memphis Depay fell over his own feet; when Zoet slipped on the turf Rooney was unable to take advantage. Lingard’s exciting run was halted by Hendrix and Rojo’s header after the corner just failed to drop into the net. Twice Martial followed up Memphis’ work with stinging shots low to the near post but Memphis ended the half limping after he had battled gamely for the ball. Guardado ended it pleading with the referee to book Rooney for a clumsy tackle. It had been a messy forty five minutes, forgettable save for contribution of the fans who, in the seventh minute, displayed en masse the lights on their mobile phones to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Georgie Best. The ground that had welled up then with an emotional rendition of “Spirit in the Sky” was a more silent, worried place as the teams went off, even though we could have been ahead.

We restarted with a fresh determination to break the stalemate. Memphis won the header, Rojo the corner. Schneiderlin should have headed Blind’s corner home and Lingard thought he had scored when he got to Martial’s cross but his header passed outside the far post. Smalling got a superb pass through to Memphis, who elected to shoot with Rooney on his right. Jeffrey Bruma cleared Rojo’s cross, Blind put Memphis in, Schneiderlin ran it over the line. There was at this stage every indication that we would prevail but with less than an hour gone and the touch paper lit, the firework fizzled out. Darmian had to impede Locadia to allow de Gea to clear. Memphis, Smalling and Schneiderlin in turn gave the ball away.

We brought on Ashley Young for Memphis and Marouane Fellaini for Schweinsteiger but although Young put in a couple of good crosses the changes did little to address our decline. It was the visiting fans singing now. Home fans making do on overpriced cola and microwaved meat pies might not have known that the Philips Stadion’s Avant-Garde restaurant has a Michelin star; just the one. Increasingly the teams played like their respective cuisines, PSV confidently and deftly passing the ball around while we looked manufactured and bland. Even when Rojo was found by a beautiful pass from Smalling, Rooney lost the ball after the corner and we were lucky that the advantage on the swift breakaway was frittered away by Locadia’s poor cross. The United traditions our players were echoing were the lost confidence and defensive passing of Dave Sexton’s era. The home crowd oscillated between restive groans and desperate, encouraging chants.

Schneiderlin gave it away again, Davy Pröpper’s shot was powerful but few can beat de Gea from thirty yards. Suddenly with eighteen minutes left came our chance to extricate ourselves from the mess that qualification had become; a ball by Blind out to Martial whose cross found Lingard but he half volleyed into the Stretford End crowd a chance he should have buried. Rooney was the United player taking responsibility but the moves he attempted broke down when his passes found Fellaini’s head or Young’s feet. At the other end Guardado danced through our defence, Rojo deflected de Jong’s shot. With six minutes left we brought on Juan Mata for Darmian but inexplicably and shamefully we lacked the spirit for the surge. The Belfast Boy must have turned in his grave as, with vital seconds ticking away, Schneiderlin and Smalling passed the ball aimlessly to each other until one of them lost it. The three minutes the referee added now represented risk rather than opportunity but fortunately when Locadia dribbled his way into our box, Rojo remained steady. As the last seconds of a dismal second half drifted into oblivion Santiago Arias did a Thierry Henry and collapsed holding his face after wrestling Lingard. Rightly the free kick was ours but Blind’s lofted effort found not a single red shirt fighting for it.

Instead of being in the knock-out stage we are in grave danger of going out, needing a win in Wolfsburg to qualify. The media would have it that there were boos from the Stretford End as the teams went off but it was not as dramatic as that; it sounded like snoring to me.

Paul Andrew James


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