The B’s of Manchester – Part 3

SupernovaDragon started the Man Utd B experiment to see how the youth team would get on in Division 2. Unfortunately that also involves the Windscreen Shield. Catch up with part 2 here.

Back to the experiment and carrying on from where we left off. We had just been beaten by Brentford and Johnny boy Curtis had just gone back to the Premier League to sign for Leeds.

This is starting to get difficult for defenders:

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God damn that pulled hamstring, looks like Duncan will be starting. I have been on the parent club’s page and noticed David May has not been playing (can’t say I blame them.) I did go to make a bid but he is “unavailable” currently and current Manchester United manager Solskjaer is unhappy at not being in the first team. I will be keeping an eye on that situation. Eric Cantona still does not have a club. That is a possibility.

In managerial news, John Gregory got sacked by Aston Villa (I forgot to mention in the last update) and has now become manager of Kilmarnock.

Our first game of the update is away to 8th placed Bristol Rovers. With Curtis sold and Brown and Casper being injured, this is a makeshift defence:

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At half time it is 1-1. Notman put us ahead after a through ball from Nevland put him through. 11 minutes later and Morgan’s shot was saved by Pilkington only for it to run free and put into the empty net by Skinner.

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This match was petering out to a dull 1-1 until Duncan brought down Morgan and was sent of for a professional foul. I then had to move Appleton to centre back and brought the Tree on for Cooke but all that did was open up the space for the Bennett and finally Cureton to finish us off. This does not bode well for the the rest of the month.

Some good news on the injury front:

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Chances are he’ll at least be on the bench next match.

Meanwhile, Gerry Francis is new manager of Aston Villa, surprising appointment I thought.

Our next match is at home to 6th place Gillingham, I am very much hoping for a good response here. However, due to McGibbon again being away on international duty Appleton is in defence with Casper only fit for the bench and will only be used if he is truly needed. My Tree has dropped back as defensive midfielder.

Half-time and 1-0 down through Akinbiyi and it’s already not looking good. I send them back out hoping for better.

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Second half was a rather full affair if truth be told, until an effort from Cooke was parried by the keeper and Nevland pounced on the loose ball. Then it looked like it was heading to a 1-1 draw until Notman got put through by Nevland to score the win in the last 2 minutes. Back to winning ways.

Our parent club have been in the transfer market again:

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In some ways, you could almost suggest that our B team is helping them create a bit of an amazing team.

Our next match is away to Hull in the Windowscreen pointless cup. Just before this match, Pilkington who was going to be dropped anyway picked up a gashed head injury, looks like Culkin will definitely be starting. I have decided to bring in the likes of Brebner as he has never played for us.

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Just as I thought, we got beat and barely created anything. The entire team was poor and I was surprised Hull didn’t score more to be honest.

West Ham then come in with a bid but for Clegge but as he hasn’t handed in a transfer request, he isn’t leaving.

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West Ham are trying to decimate our squad:

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Again, refused!

Next match is away to Northampton, so I have named a full strength side but Pilkington is still injured.

Half-time and we are are 2-0 up thanks to Nevland in the first minute after Tomlinson put him through. Then later in the half, Nevland got put through by Tomlinson again but this time Nevland tried the lob, it was parried and Tomlinson followed it up.

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In the end we blew the lead, for some reason our team just seemed to stop playing from the hour mark onwards and Northampton deserved the point. The goal that brought them back into it was after a mix-up between captain for the day Clegg and Culkin that resulted in the ball hitting the post and bouncing out to the grateful Brightwell who put it in an empty net. I have serious doubts about Culkin and look forward to the day our parent club sells Van Der Gouw.

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Next up is the trip to play Preston, who of course now no longer have Macken and Appleton which is quite possibly why they are 20th but then they usually struggle when I play on this game.

Pilkington is straight back into the team after injury, Duncan is suspended so into the centre comes Casper with Clegg going left back with O’Kane right back. The rest of the team is unchanged.

Well, Pilkington lasted long. 2 minutes in fact until he got himself sent off for bringing down Nogan when he was through. Nogan scored the penalty and then a McGibbon foul, which got him a yellow card, resulted in a free-kick that Culkin dropped and put into the net by Cissoko. Then as the half went out we slowly came back into it. McKenna then went off on a stretcher and 11 minutes later Tomlinson put Nevland through to score. Just before half-time Eyres elbowed Clegg in the face, for some reason, which led to his sending off. Still 2-1 down but now we have a chance.

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In the end we gained the point we probably could have lost in this match. Tomlinson played Mulryne in who slotted home nicely to earn us the point. To be honest, after Pilkington was sent off, which means we’ll be missing him and having to rely on Culkin again, I’d have taken the point.

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I don’t think so somehow Middlesbrough. Not just 1 player, not just 2 players but 3? You are bloody dreaming!

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Back home for our next match at home to Blackpool. Again it was the only match of the day on the Sunday, I think I have figured out why and I think I have been stupid. It’s because it’s at Old Trafford.

Anyway, I have tweaked the formation a little bit, I have moved Cooke and Mulryne out wide. Problem is, it may leave us exposed in the middle. We will soon see.

At half-time we are 2-0 up thanks to Notman suddenly turning on the style for us. First he got put through by Tomlinson and he finished with ease. Then Philpot climbed all over Appleton from a Mulryne corner and Notman converted the penalty easily. This then actually led to Philpot being taken off. All in all, a good first half by us for the first time in a while.

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Second half and we almost threw the game away again. Quinn pulled one back to put them back into the game. Then I brought Twiss on for Tomlinson and within 3 minutes of that sub, got put through by Notman and scored by taking it round the keeper. Then in the last 5 minutes, Quinn scored again. We won but we almost didn’t. Also, I am not surprised their keeper was man of the match. I just thought Notman deserved it also, he was really good today.

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We haven’t been the same in defence since Johnny boy left. On the plus side, I think, Brown is back from injury.

Oh please, leave my kids alone:

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Also, what is it with the same club coming in for several players at the same time?

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Thank you for the kind words and also, that profit is mainly through Johnny boy.

Not now Nevland:

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I think he’ll be back in time for Christmas. Though, it has to be said, the injury could not have come at a worse time. Our next match is against top of the table Walsall away. Brown is starting for Duncan and with Nevland injured, Twiss is starting with Macken on the bench.

At half-time it’s 0-0 and we have barely threatened them. In fact, Walsall have been over us quite a bit if truth be told.

At full-time we had lost and had surrendered top spot for sure now. Beckford with the only goal on 50 minutes after slotting it past Pilkington. I did think we equalised when Twiss but Tomlinson through 9 minutes later and Tomlinson slotted it home but the flag was up for offside.

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We deserved nothing from this match if truth be told.

Meanwhile in Scotland, it’s a good day to be a Dumbarton fan:

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Meanwhile, I have brought through motions to bring Dennis Irwin (wants first team football), David May (I need a centre back) and Solskjaer (transfer listed by request) down to the B team. I am hoping to get at least 2 of the 3. Especially the defenders.

Next up is at home in the Windowscreen Pointless Cup to Wrexham. Luckily this is the one game Pilkington is suspended for so it won’t make a difference as he wouldn’t have played anyway. I will be making several changes and to add to it, Twiss is out for a few days so he couldn’t play anyway.

At half-time we are 2-1 up, Notman played Macken through who put it in the net with such ease. Then in the 40th minute, Macken had a shot, it bounced off the keeper and Notman slotted it home. Then on the restart, Wrexham went straight down the other end, Clegg miskicked and Connelly put them back in it.

By full-time we scored a 3rd after Macken’s shot was parried by the keeper and David Brown scored his first goal for us. Somehow, his rating jumped from an average 6 to being man of the match with that 1 goal.

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Just 1 addition to this, how many people come to watch this pointless match?

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God damnit, what I didn’t want to see.

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I’m expecting a fixture pile-up soon.

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Blackpool it is then.

Both Solskjaer and Irwin rejected me. Just May to go. I will bide my time and hopefully I will be able to tempt Dennis soon. Solskjaer is on his way to Italy.

Next match is away in the FA Cup first round to Farnbrough. I am expecting us to net a lot of goals in this match. I am going for the FA Cup. I want the 3rd round and I want us to draw our parent club.

This is not a fair match, this is shooting practice:

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Thornley’s goal was a shimmy and then finished with ease, Brown scored his from a Thronley corner after he threw himself at the ball and Notman’s 2 goals came from rebounds.

It ended 5-1. I am very disappointed that we even conceded a goal. Appleton’s goal was a header from a corner.

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Our next round opponents are Chesterfield:

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Bye bye Ole Gunnar

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Our next match, as we try to get back to winning ways is Plymouth away. Just the one change as Twiss comes in for David Brown.

First half was a damp squib with not a lot happening, Plymouth did have a goal ruled out for offside but that’s it. The second half though:

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As you can see, I brought the completely ineffective Twiss off for Tomlinson and the same minute Hamilton scored from 25 yards from nothing. 6 minutes later, Thornley put Tomlinson through to score a simple finish. A minute later and Perkins handballed when Tomlinson was through on goal and was sent off. With 6 minutes to go, Tomlinson got brought down in the box, Notman blasted wide and 2 minutes later Tomlinson was put through by Macken to win the game for us. We barely deserved much from this match but a wins a win.

David May refused the drop down to the B team.

Our next match is home to York, Twiss is definitely out for Tomlinson but that’s the only change. At half-time we are 2 to the good thanks to Tomlinson pouncing on a loose ball after Thornley struck the post and then Thornley being put through by Macken to score with ease. However, what seemed like it may become a plain simple win:

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We went to 3-1 up thanks to Cooke’s cross and Macken putting the ball in the net, only for Toulson to jump on a mistake by Pilkington. We then got a 4th through Twiss jumping on a loose ball from Tomlinson’s shot that hit the woodwork. Then we proceeded to almost throw away the win as both Bull and Tolson again got behind our defence to put it to 4-3. At least we won this. Something I did notice is their number 3:

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Jon ‘Jonathan’ Greening used to actually play for Man United but didn’t sign him until after 1998 to which he was more of a left sided midfielder than defender. My question though is this. Can I sign him? Unfortunately I don’t think I can as he isn’t at Man United now, which is a shame as I need all the defenders I can get.

Meanwhile in the World Cup qualifiers:

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England are out on penalties to Bulgaria and Scotland are at the World cup along with the Republic of Ireland. Which has led to one hell of a group:

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Our next match is away to Milwall. Will we be able to keep this back to winning ways going?

At half-time it’s 1-0 to us as Macken put Tomlinson through to finish on the half hour mark. In the end it ended 1-1 which I feel was a fair result.

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Meanwhile in Scotland, Dumbarton couldn’t quite make it a double:

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Next match is home in the Windowscreen Pointless Cup to Blackpool. This fixture feels in the way for me. A totally changed side, or at least as changed as I can make it.

At half-time it seems my players care more about this thing than I do as Macken has got himself 2 and even my lovely Tree scoring 1 to put us 3-0 up. Looks like this change around has worked unless Blackpool care less for this than what I personally do.

In the end we won 3-2 as the defence did seem to want to throw away the match. The problem is though, we finished the match with 2 injures:

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The Macken injury is the worst of the two in terms of the team but it won’t be the same without a Tree hanging around the training pitch for a couple of weeks.

Interesting signing for Chelsea:

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Oh joy, another game in the Window Screen:

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At least it’s over until January.

Final game of this big update of a couple of months is away to Chesterfield in the FA Cup 2nd round. Back to as full strength as I can get.

At half-time it’s 2-2 as we went 1-0 up thanks to Tomlinson, conceded 2 to Reeves, who I swear scored against me last time and David Brown equalised in the 40th minute after pouncing on a loose ball after Tomlinson’s shot hit the woodwork.

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It’s a replay for us then. We went 3-2 down on 55 minutes thanks to Reeves shot hitting the woodwork and Howard putting the ball into the empty net. Then the longer it went on, the more I thought we were going out. Until Cooke got put through 1-on-1 and slotted the ball under the keeper in the last 4 minutes. Tomlinson then hit the woodwork in the 90th minute.

I’m still making that profit:

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Before I leave you, here’s the current table:

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As you can see, we have played a game more and 4 points behind and since Johnny boy left, our goals against as really shot up. We just haven’t been the same since he left. Talking of which:

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He’s had a decent enough start for Leeds.

Where is our parent club in the Premier League?

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With the squad they have assembled, did you expect them to be anywhere else?

With that, it’s goodbye from the B’s for this part. Join us next time to see if we can progress to round 3 and see who we could play and see if we can get back to the top of the table over Christmas.

 

The B’s of Manchester – Part 2

SupernovaDragon is back with part 2 of his CM experiment. The Man Utd youth team are competing in Division 2, will they be able to exist as a club in their own right? Catch up with part 1 here.

Hi, welcome back to this experiment where we take the youngsters of Man Utd and combine them into a B team in Division 2. We pick up where we left off, about to enter September. There was no manager of the month of the unbeaten manager of the league, instead it went to Buckley of Grimsby. I mention this because Grimsby is where we head to next for our match.

I keep the line-up and formation the same as before:

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A nothing first half came and went with chances being wasted by us. The same can be said of the second half as it finished a very dull 0-0.

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Also you may have noticed that Grimsby finished the match with 12 men on the pitch as they done 2 subs at the same time but 1 went off. No wonder I didn’t win. If only I could complain to the FA about this.

Next is at home to Bournemouth. I decide to drop Tomlinson for Twiss and I dropped Cooke and Mulryne for my lovely Tree and Thornley.

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Needless to say, I think I have made the right decision. Notman put Twiss through who finished with ease, then Nevland put Notman though who scored. Then Thornley put Notman through who got brought down by Glass who got sent off for his trouble and Twiss converted the penalty. To end the half, Notman ran clear of the defence and got his second. Onto the second half.

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In the end, not much happened in the second half until Bournemouth done a double change, as soon as that happened, Wes Brown handballed in the box and got sent off, Warren scored the penalty and then Town also scored a minute later. 4-2 it ended and Brown will be getting a serious talking to.

Ok John, if you’re that desperate to leave:

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Next up is an away trip to Chesterfield. I noticed that Nevland’s energy was a little low so I have rested him and brought Tomlinson back into the starting line-up. I also had to drop McGibbon due to him being on international duty and brought Duncan in for him. After a very dull first half, in which it was 0-0 and the only interesting thing that happened was us injuring Reeves who went off on a stretcher, we went onto the second half.

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We got pretty much dominated by Chesterfield and Wilkinson’s goal from a 1-on-1 was deserved. I then took the ineffective Twiss for Macken and as soon as I did Macken had a shot saved and then a Macken attempt got parried for Notman to finish. Then in the 74th minute, my Tree put a header at goal, the keeper saved only for Notman to pounce on the rebound. To be honest, I think we got away with this win.

We were then at home to play Fulham. I made a few changes to the line-up for this one. I brought McGibbon back for Duncan, Mulryne back for Thornley and dropped Twiss altogether for Macken to start and Nevland on the bench.

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An action packed first half as you can see. Macken put Tomlinson through to score after 3 minutes, then in the 8th minute, McGibbon handled in the box, the referee ignored it only for the linesman to give the penalty, Thrope missed as it went out for a corner. From the resulting corner, Curtis was all over Arnott and the referee gave another penalty and this time Thorpe scored by putting it down the middle. Then McGibbon gave away a free-kick which resulting in a scramble in the box that Arnott scored. In the 38th minute, Mulryne’s low cross found Tomlinson free in the box to bury the equaliser.

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Not much really happened until I brought Nevland on for Notman to play in the hole. Then Nevland had a shot saved and a few minutes later Nevland had another shot blocked by the defender, he then pounced on the rebound but rather than shoot, played in Tomlinson for his hat-trick. I thought we won this match then, until my 3rd centre back Brown decided to miskick the ball in the box and gift Moody with the goal. All in all, I’d actually say the draw was a fair result.

After the match, the board said they were delighted with the current position. I should think so, being top of the table. On news away from England, this is the earliest I have known Celtic to sack their manager Wim Jansen.

Our next match is at home, on the Sunday where there is literally no other matches on at all, against 2nd from bottom Wigan. I make a few changes, 1 of which is forced on me as Brown is suspended. In comes Casper, Duncan, Nevland, Cooke and out goes Brown, O’Kane, Notman and my lovely Tree. Or at least the Casper for O’Kane is what I meant to do. Turns out, I dropped Clegg and played O’Kane out of position on the left with Casper out of position on the right.

At half time, we were 2-0 thanks to my front 3 working well together. The first was Nevland playing Macken through who’s shot hit the woodwork and Tomlinson to follow it up, the second was after Tomlinson played Macken through to score. This match was beginning to look ominous for Wigan.

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Full time and it stayed at 2-0. Notman came on and did something but I dunno what he did to earn an 8 if I am honest and I took O’Kane off for Clegg only to end with 10 men because Casper got injured, I just hope it isn’t too serious.

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Just a few weeks, that’s not too bad, it could have been worse.

Our next match is the short trip to play Burnley. Obviously I had had to drop Casper now and I moved O’Kane back to the right with Clegg on the left. Other than that, the same line-up.

Half-time and I am regretting not changing the team more. We are 2-0 down and staring our first defeat of the season in the face. I have a go at them in the dressing room but, to be honest, I look at my 3 man bench and just wonder which of the three can make any difference.

This wasn’t just a defeat in Burnley, this was humiliation:

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We were awful. The fact anyone got above the 6 mark was surprising. They deserved all 5 goals and Andrew Cooke destroyed our defence. I will most definitely be out for revenge against Burnley next time we meet.

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You don’t have to tell me.

Well, well, well. Haven’t my parent club got one hell of a signing?

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That may well be good news for me for the future. Meanwhile, Celtic appointed Jack Charlton as manager.

Our next match is at home on the Sunday against Wrexham. I do have 1 question for the Football League, why do I constantly have matches where no one else is playing? Anyway, after that hammering we received, I made a lot of changes:

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At half-time it was 1-1 after Watkin put them ahead. We drew level through Nevland after he managed to break free of the defence.

The second half was a mute affair until I brought on Tomlinson and Appleton for Notman and my Tree who wasn’t doing much. Not long after, Appleton put us ahead thanks to a lovely strike. Wrexham drew level thanks to Telfer. We then went back up the other end and a minute later won the match thanks to a pass from Twiss and a finish from Tomlinson.

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Our parent club then made another signing:

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Always nice to be recognised for your work and I had no idea of the profit we were making:

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Surely we can’t slip up in the FA Cup first round:

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It was only a matter of time and this time, I fear I may have to let him go

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Bye bye Johnny boy:

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The sickner is that Leeds offered the least amount of money, they rest offered almost £5 million. I will be changing formation now to a back 4.

Next match, and the first after Johnny Boy left for pastures new, is at home to Brentford. This is our new formation:

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I will be honest, if this doesn’t work out, I dunno what formation to play.

At half-time we were 1-1 with Nevland putting us ahead after Notman put him through. I feel like this formation could just work for us.

I say that:

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We lost our 2nd game of the season but this was not the fault of the formation rather than the keeper. Wormull struck a rather tame shot at goal, only for Culkin to somehow miscue the ball and put it into the net himself. I dunno how he did it but needless to say, Pilkington is back in goal from now on.

Good to see we weren’t the only Man Utd team to be beat:

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After that loss, I shall leave it here for this part. It may seem strange to leave it after 1 month and 1 game but I will leave you the table:

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We are still top but with 2 losses and that defeat to Burnley has done havoc to our against column. I still think we should win this league but once the games start to pile up, that will be a test. For the curious:

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Blackburn are top, on course for their 2nd Premier League title? Maybe. Our parent club are second are curiously yet to even draw a match.

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Talk about the total opposite to real life. Arsenal can’t get relegated, can they?

Join me next time to see if my new formation works, to see if Johnny boy actually plays for Leeds or if he’s left to rot and see if I can stay top of the league.

Until next time, it’s goodbye from the B’s of Manchester.

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The B’s of Manchester – Part 1

Please welcome our new guest blogger @supernovadragon. He’ll be keeping you company on Monday’s for the foreseeable future as he tries to answer a very potent question: how would the Man Utd youth team do as a club? Let’s see how he goes…

Hi there, I never know how to start this sort of thing so lets just get straight into this. I have loaded up the English, Scottish and Belgium leagues.

My experiment is based around a Manchester United B team, of sorts. I have replaced Southend (sorry any Southend fans reading this) in division 2, as they finished bottom in real life and replaced them with a Manchester United B team. We will be playing at Old Trafford and also have the same finances that the Manchester United first team have. I have taken all the youngsters from Manchester United and put them together.

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The more eagle eyed among you will notice that Jonny Macken, David Brown, Simon Davies, Michael Appleton, Pat McGibbon and John O’Kane have also been added. This is due to me doing a search on Wikipeadia to find out which players were sold during the summer of 1997 and coming across these players and I have added these for that reason. I also added the other known free transfers of the usual ex-united players of Tomlinson and Twiss. I also found on the database another former United youngster who was on a free transfer called Robert Trees.

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As you can see he doesn’t, ahem, pull up many trees this lad and I will probably barely play him but he will come in useful come the league cup and pointless windscreen games.

One other thing to point out with this experiment is that I can only sign players from Man United themselves. Whenever they put a player up for sale, I have to consider making a bid in a sense that they could be relegated to the B team as it were. Talking of relegation, now that the squad has been torn apart, could Man United be relegated?

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I doubt it, but you just don’t know. So I will be keeping an eye on them and on the readded Eric Cantona, who for this basis has still retired but could be persuaded to put his boots back on if a club offers him a contract. He’s on a free transfer.

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I will be keeping an eye on if he gets a contract somewhere.

I will be playing just the one friendly, with local lower league team in Rochdale. Before that happened though, Darren Eadie signed for Chelsea. More importantly for us, Manchester United signed someone, not surprisingly

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Good signing for them, I’m sure you’ll agree.

This is how we lined up for the Rochdale friendly at Old Trafford, this is also the tactic I shall be using

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We dominated the match pretty much but only a 1-0 win thanks to Nevland. First of many hopefully. Though I am very concerned about the amount of shots off target we had.

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Bit of a surprise transfer but I suppose Man Utd do need to make their squad bigger.

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Tottenham then replaced the sold Sol Campbell with Richard Rufus.

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I wasn’t going to report on the Charity Shield but it was very much action packed.

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Man United won on penalties.

I finally got to the first game of the season, away to Watford. I made 1 change from the friendly line-up. I brought in Cooke for Wellens, I decided to leave the rest as they were.
At half-time we were 2-1 up. Nevland put Notman through 1-on-1 to put us ahead after 10 minutes, Watford equalised through Noel-Williams and then they instantly done a sub. We went straight back up the other end, a Clegg cross and Nevland headed in to put us 2-1 up at half time and that was how it ended.

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Meanwhile there was a more of a fun game in York in our league

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Goddamn it John, why? We’ve only played 1 league match

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That will be him gone then, the heart of my 3 man defence. I knew I’d struggle to keep hold of him. Then, as if to prove him right:

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What would be quite interesting is if Man United were to come in for him.

Now, I know what screen follows this but I am taking this as he has decided he no longer wants to leave so I will refuse the transfer.

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Next match is at home in the League Cup against Wycombe. I change the team a little bit but kept the same formation of course:

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This a very dull affair with not a lot happening;

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The fact my centre back got man of the match said it all I thought.

Man United are definitely beefing up their squad by signing a future Liverpool and England player:

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Back to the league, we were at home to Bristol City. I went back to what I considered was my full strength side. At half-time it was 1-1. After only 10 minutes, Nevland had a shot that smashed back off the woodwork, only for Mulryne to score. However, we then got drew level after a header from Tisdale. In the end it was a comfortable 2-1 win.

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Cooke got put through by Notman to score a 1-on-1 and then Sahil handballed in the box and Nevland’s penalty was saved. Right at the end of the match, future Premier League manager Sean Dyche put future Man City star of the mid 2000s Shaun “feed the goat” Goater who proceeded to miss a sitter.

Next up was the return leg against Wycombe, once again I changed things around a little but I can’t say I am that interested in this cup.

At half time this was the scene:

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Mohan had brought down Tomlinson when through on goal and got sent off. Then in a separate piece of action in the same minute, Davies put a cross in and my Tree was tall enough to put us in front. We then battered their goal until we finally made it 2-0 through Tomlinson who went through 1-on-1. Only for Read to equalise after a mistake in the defence and then in a total collapse at the end of the half, Wycombe broke free of our defence 2 more times. I know I am not interested in this cup lads but come on!
In the end, we lost 4-3. Notman played Tomlinson in to make it 3-3, only for Brown to go and win the match for Wycombe. In a way, I’m glad to be out but I was impressed by the Tree. Maybe he will feature more in the league?

The board was disappointed to be out at the first hurdle, I am just thinking, wait until the FA Cup. We will be going for that one.

Next up in the league was the visit to Boundary Park to play local team Oldham. Back to my full strength side.

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At half time we were 1-1, as you can see our defence have been a bit of a waste. Jepson ran the show for the first 20 minutes, beating our defence with a header within the first 10 minutes (I am noticing a theme for the first 10.) Nevland managed to put us back level when we had a short domination spell. Only for Oldham to finish the half the strongest.

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Oldham started the 2nd half how they finished the first. Jepson being all over us. Then came the surprising decision by them to take Jepson off for Ritchie and a minute later Tomlinson lobbed Gary Kelly to win us the match. Onwards and upwards.

We then played again on the Tuesday against Carlisle at home. The only match in the whole of England, which I found very strange. At half time we were 1-0 after Tomlinson lobbed the keeper from Nevland’s through ball in 4 minutes, yet again there was a goal in the opening 10 minutes of one of our matches.

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In the end It was a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to a second goal from Notman who reacted first to a loose ball from a Tomlinson shot. Tomlinson got a 10, which was very much deserved and I barely remember Carlisle causing us many problems. Probably because it was a Tuesday.

Our “parent” club got a damn easy Champions League group.

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Our last game of the month, and the update, sees us play at home against Luton Town. Can we finish this update with another win? Same team for the 3rd game running.

At half-time a very dull match which saw us waste numerous chances, was 0-0. The only interesting moment was a sending off for Johnson for fouling Notman when through on goal. Onto the second half.

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We won 1-0 thanks to Mulryne’s goal after being put through by Tomlinson, however it was a very dull affair this match.

All that leaves is to show the table:

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As you can see, we are top of the table, max points and conceding only 3 goals. Some might say that’s how it should be.

For those that are curious:

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Man United are still 4th having only conceded 2 goals.

Can we keep it up? Please join me for more.