Welcome back to part 6 of the Man United B Team with the youngsters and now the slow feed through of players from our parent club. Let’s just get into this shall we, as we have a league run in to get into.
Our parent club have won the first trophy of the season:
I’ll give you this, our discipline needs sorting:
The FA Cup Semi-Final draw sees our parent club playing Tottenham:
Back to our league run in, up next is away to Gillingham and I make sure they know we HAVE to win this one. Nothing else will do.
At half-time we are 1-0. We are a shadow of how we have been playing before. I may have to convert to our old formation. Gillingham have even threw on two players and took nobody off.
At full-time we deserved to get beat. We offered nothing up top and to make matters worse, we lost McGibbon due to being sent off.
It’s good to know things are going well for our parent club:
Our next match is home to Northampton. It is very imperative we win this match.
Within the first 10 minutes we are losing again. I don’t know what has happened to us recently but the morale seems to be through the floor, we haven’t been the same for a while now.
2nd half and we are still struggling for the first 10 minutes, I then bring Nevland on, convert back to the 3-5-2 attacking formation I had before and suddenly we become better, Nevland seems to make the difference, his shot is parried and Mulryne jumps onto the loose ball to equalise and 10 minutes later, Tomlinson and Nevland combine to put us in front. The rest of the game then peters out, thankfully.
I was very unimpressed by Notman’s return.
Burnley won the Windowless Shield:
Our next match is away to Blackpool and we make a lot of changes as we convert back to the 5-3-2 attack formation.
At half-time we are 2-0 down, we got dominated from the very first minute and they scored in the 2nd. I am struggling to get our morale back up.
I feel like the team need a pick-me-up, we have been woeful again today:
I am already preparing for us to drop into the play-offs. We need to get our morale back up and I don’t know how to do it.
Our parent club is on for 4 trophies:
As the run-in begins, we are at home to Walsall. The way we have been playing, I am expecting us to get beat and to drop down to 3rd and I feel like I don’t know how to fix it. I go with a 4-4-2 formation and at half-time we are 1-0 down which is what I expected. I try to cheer the team up before sending them back out.
In the end, we lose 1-0 and I am struggling to see a way to fix this slump.
In midweek, Burnley win their game in hand and Bristol Rovers draw theirs to send us from 2nd to 4th and there must be a way to fix this.
Our next match is away to York, I’ve gone back to the 3-5-2 attack formation as, for the first time in a long time, I have a full team to choose from.
That’s the best first half we have had in a while, within a minute a Twiss put Tomlinson through to put us ahead. Later in the half, a Tomlinson shot was parried only for Appleton to net a 2nd and then a low cross from Twiss led to Tomlinson’s shot being parried, Nevland hitting the post and Casper burred the lose ball. We did still concede a goal before half-time. That’s how it finished, the only blot on the book for us was Macken coming off the bench, only to get injured a few minutes later.
It was a nice feeling to win a game comfortably again.
We have at least secured a play-off place. At least our parent club have succeeded:
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s no surprise.
Our penultimate league game of the season is at home to MIlwall and as Clegg has, once again, got injured, in comes O’Kane as Notman is now on the bench.
10 minutes in and the worst thing that could have happened has happened. We are 3-0 down and I will admit to being all out of ideas.
At half-time I lambasted the team, told them they weren’t good enough and brought Thornley on for O’Kane who has failed to impress me all season. We then scored twice in 3 minutes at the start of the second half but still loose in the end. Play-offs it is then.
Our discipline is shocking.
Our last league game of the season is away to 23rd placed Wycombe 2 days later.
I’ve had to make a few changes to the starting line-up due to tiredness.
At half-time this very dull dour match is 0-0 which is what I was expecting to be honest.
At full-time we won 2-0 thanks to two goals from sub Andy Cole. It was a nothing match this really. We just have to prepare ourselves for the play-offs now.
Table ended like this:
Our season seemed to go downhill once Johnny boy Curtis left but you can’t blame poor form on one sale.
As you can see, he has carried his form into Leeds. How I wish I kept him.
Our play-offs game is:
I fancy our chances, we WILL win the play-offs.
Meanwhile in other news, Sporting Lisbon won the UEFA Cup.
Back to the play-offs and I name the strongest team I can, making a few changes and the team out knowing a place at Wembley is at stake.
The first half we weren’t playing as a team for the first 20 minutes, then we got our act together and got a few shots away but it was still 0-0.
We didn’t perform anywhere near to what we were capable of and lose 1-0. None of the team played well.
On to the next leg where I am determined for us to overturn this result and get us to Wembley.
Join us next time for the end of the play-offs and see if we can turn it all around and go up and see if this team can start playing like a team again.