Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

The second weekend of the English Premier League season finishes at Old Trafford, as two giants clash in one of the most anticipated matches in the month of August.

Jose Mourinho visits Manchester United for the first time since knocking out the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League last season, but he’ll have a different challenge with his Chelsea side playing their third match of the season already. Man United will be well rested, but the conversation around the potential Wayne Rooney departure has continued to take the headlines.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid visit Granada looking to win their second game of the season, though transfer news dominates the Madrid papers as well, with numerous reports that Gareth Bale could be on his way to the club this week and would be introduced at the club’s next game.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

3pm – Manchester United vs. Chelsea – NBC Sports Network/Fox Soccer Channel

3pm – Granada vs. Real Madrid – beIN Sport USA

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70 Responses to Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

  1. SoundersOff says:

    It’s going to be that kind of officiating, huh? Wayne Rooney gets frustrated and throws an intentional elbow into the back of John Terry’s head. No card.

  2. Dudester says:

    Mourinho going with a footballing side.Schurrle up top with Oscar behind him.Its either going to work really well or fail miserably.

    • TomG says:

      Seems a bit conservative, no?

      • Dudester says:

        Are u being sarcastic? To me not conservative at all.Mourinho is trying to play tit for tat at Old Trafford.No Torres Ba or Lukaku to bomb it forward to if under pressure.No Mikel to hold behind Lampard and Ramires instead another forward player in Oscar.

        • TomG says:

          No true forward so I’m wondering whether TSO is planning on putting men behind the ball and trying for a point on the road.

    • GW says:

      Chelsea went small and speedy because Man U’s two center backs are old and slower now. And Jones at right back is not the fastest, quickest back you ever saw. Three not fast center backs seem like an invitation to try and get behind them. Guess it did not work out.

      It also makes you wonder about the future of Torres and D Ba.

  3. Mike E. says:

    I get that it is a huge match and it is early in the match, but how was that not at least a yellow against Rooney? Definitely not a John Terry fan, but that was clearly intentional and out of frustration by Rooney. I mean if its a foul, how is it not a card?

    • TomG says:

      Yes, I’m sick of these refs deferring to Sir Alex and giving him every call, and extending the march when he’s behind and….. Excuse me? Sir Alex isn’t the Manx manager anymore, you say? Whatever will the conspiracy theorists go on about now?

      • SoundersOff says:

        TomG

        You’re a rational commenter… are you really going to argue that wasn’t a head-scratcher? I didn’t see anything about conspiracies in his comment–only questions about how an elbow to the head only warranted a simple foul.

        • TomG says:

          No question. Man U is fortunate not to have a couple cards at this point. I just thought it was funny that SAF is no longer there to blame for the calls.

          • SoundersOff says:

            Eh, Sir Alex was just the lightning rod. Father always told me–never confuse visibility with importance.

  4. SoundersOff says:

    LOL

    How in the F is that not a yellow?

    TomG get out of here.

  5. Francois says:

    And now Valencia with a reckless challenge.

  6. Bean says:

    No fan of Chelsea here, but that might’ve been a yellow on Valencia.

  7. SoundersOff says:

    lol what a joke this referee is

  8. Mike E. says:

    Haha and people wonder why nobody trusts officiating in United games.

  9. Dudester says:

    You dudes, that may have been a yellow on Rooney but Chels also got the call their way on the Cole handball.

  10. SoundersOff says:

    What has happened to Cech’s distribution? Just blasting those things everywhere.

  11. SoundersOff says:

    Not even joking–I think we’ve confirmed by now that Jose Mourninho hates Spaniards.

  12. TomG says:

    Is Nani injured?

  13. Dudester says:

    Yeah, guess I misread Mo’s intentions.Thought he was gonna try and play with this lineup.

    • TomG says:

      Never underestimate a BPL manager’s obsession with attaining the treasured scoreless draw on the road against a rival.

  14. TomG says:

    Pretty lame half as defenses run the show. Neither side seems willing to take any chances.

  15. Francois says:

    That challenge on Oscar by Valencia is AT LEAST a yellow. That is atrocious.

  16. Beckster says:

    First half boring, dull, poor….except when the Great One was searching for his pen as described by Phil McNulty. Hoping for a better 2nd half or switching to US Open tennis.

  17. Bean says:

    Manchester dominating the match at this point.

    • SoundersOff says:

      Are they really?

      Chelsea have more shots on goal. They’re just letting United possess until that line in front of the 18 where United just can’t get further.

      This is typical Jose.

      • TomG says:

        I think TSO is tempting fate against RVP.

        • SoundersOff says:

          He tempted fate against Messi on a regular basis. Granted he had better players for Madrid, but still.

          • TomG says:

            As great as Messi is, he’s not nearly as much of a threat to nick the random long range goal, header, or volley off the long ball as RVP. The book on Messi and Barca has always been to pack the middle and try to prevent the lightning combination passes in tight but only a few very organized sides can manage it. You can organize and pack it in all you want against RVP but he can still beat you with something magical. Plus Man U is not Barca. You don’t have to live in fear of going toe to toe with them.

      • Bean says:

        OK. Mourinho is allowing Manchester to dominate the match right now. ;)

  18. Increase says:

    What is Welbeck’s real position? He is clearly not actually a striker.
    He had a decent opportunity(with time) and didn’t even manage a shot even vaguely on target.

  19. Dudester says:

    It might start to open up now.

  20. TomG says:

    You may need to bash someone over the head several times with a large rock in order to get a penalty in this match.

  21. Francois says:

    Ok, I’m a Chelsea fan, but we were lucky on that handball by Frank.

  22. Bean says:

    Terrible diving by Cole.

  23. Dudester says:

    If Chelsea start playing direct a little more it would do wonders for the last 15 mins of this game.

  24. TomG says:

    Rooney starting to find the range.

  25. SoundersOff says:

    Think Moyes is regretting how he’s treated Rooney? Easily, easily been their best player.

  26. Increase says:

    Rooney thinks he is Robben. He just won’t pass to RVP. It’s the 2nd or 3rd time he has taken a long shot rather than pass to an open RVP.

  27. Francois says:

    Why does Mourinho refuse to play our best player? (Juan Mata) It’s ridiculous.

    • Increase says:

      He wants to trade him for Rooney obviously. I mean wouldn’t everyone?

      • Francois says:

        NO. I would take Juan Mata over Rooney any day of the week.

        • Increase says:

          Yup, exactly. I was joking. I should have used emoticons. =p
          I hate them. But they serve a definity purpose.

          Besides no one does direct trades.

          Oh, Jose might do it though. He didn’t ninja Willian off the Spurs. Grabbing Rooney would be a perfect way to do something similar to Manu.

  28. Bean says:

    All that I take away from this match is that Rooney is playing very well as CAM.

    • Increase says:

      He really should become one. I think he would be good/better at it. It really depends on if his ego would allow him to be one. If he switched teams and positions at the same time, I think he might be willing to try it. I don’t know if just a “new” manager is enough.

      • TomG says:

        He was actually considered a withdrawn striker but six to a half dozen. Rodney’s ego has nothing to do with it, I don’t think. He’s played all over the pitch. He’s even played right back in a pinch. I think his ego only gets punched if he’s forced to a substitute role.

  29. SoundersOff says:

    What the heck are the commentators going on about? Moyes is happier about this than Mourinho?

    Mourinho started a team of young kids in a defensive formation and shut down Manchester United–leaving them to 30-40 yard hits at the keeper and errant crosses that never challenged.

    Jose walked into United on Moyes home debut and took points off them while neutering the United attack.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      yep. it was obvious that mourinho was never looking to get 3 points from this game. worked fairly well.

      • SoundersOff says:

        The punditry is complaining it wasn’t a “cracker of a match.”

        It’s like they’ve never seen a Jose M team…. ever.

  30. TomG says:

    Pretty timid and cynical tactics by TS1 today, but what else is new. He got his point at the cost of any possible entertainment value for the fans. But what else is new. I think I just have to stop watching all TS1 matches for the sake of my own sanity.

  31. Travis says:

    So that match just reminded me why I never watch Mourinho teams, what a boring game.

  32. Peaton says:

    Rossi scores in return to action….the one that got away. Although now with Altidore, Agudelo … I think we have a good young group.