The B’s of Manchester – Part 9

Monday is B day here, though maybe I should reconsider that name. Anyway, @SupernovaDragon is here with the latest from the Man Utd B team. Their second attempt to get out of Division 2 is looking not too dissimilar to the first…Catch up with part 8 here.

Hello and welcome back to the Man United B Team. Can we get a winning run together and get into the top 2? I hope so.

First up in Scotland, Dumbarton have retained the League Cup which is quite a feat I’m sure you’ll agree:


Our first game of this part is at home to Crewe in the Windowless Shield. Time to change things up for this match. At half-time it’s 0-0 and an extremely dull match so far. At full-time we lost 2-1 and De Bont scored, which was nice for him. I really am not bothered about this shield.


And with that we are out of the thing.

This is good for my lovely Tree. A bit of recognition for him:


Now we are at the next match, at home to Lincoln in the FA Cup first round. Back to the full strength team. I am determined for a decent cup run.

At half-time it is 1-1 after Lincoln took the lead and Tomlinson’s shot hit the post and Nevland put in the rebound. By full-time we have won 2-1 thanks to Nevland rounding the keeper after being put through by Cantona. We dominated the the entire match and we should have scored more than the 2 we did.


QPR have got a new player manager:


We find out who we have in the second round of the FA Cup:


I fancy our chances against either.

Meanwhile our parent club finally sell Jordi, we could have gone in for him but we have enough left sided midfielders.


Our next match is at home to Brentford. Let’s keep this winning run going. I have had to make 1 change, Nevland is with Norway U21’s so De Bont is in for him. Half-time and an Aspinall double have put us 2-0 down. We have been useless. I have no idea why we are playing so bad, are we missing Nev that much?

Full-time and even though we pull 1 back, it was an own goal by Dearden. We pretty much created nothing all match and deserved to be beat:


I’d say we missed Nev.

Another correct prediction by this game:


Oh you have the be kidding me!


A month is a long time to wait for him to return.

We’re at home again next match, this time to Gillingham. I change things around a little bit, line-up wise. I want us to win again!

At half-time we have been woeful, 3-1 down and the only bright spark is the goal from Macken. We are not creating anything and I change the formation around a little.

At full-time this little change around I did seems to have done the trick as we come back and draw 3-3 though not until the substitutions. In the end, I think we deserved the draw.


Onwards to the next match.

Before we do go to the next match, I don’t think I could have taken this match:


Up next is away to Watford who are above me currently in the league. I change my line-up a little bit again. We really need to get winning again. The first half sees chances for either side pass by until, on the stroke of half-time, Cantona played Brown through of all people who hit the post and Tomlinson finished.

Second half we dominated the match and Tomlinson played in sub Macken and completed the win for us.


That was Noel-Williams last game for Watford as he had a selection of clubs to chose from when he left:


He’s now plying his trade in Scotland.

Next up is the 2nd round of the FA Cup against Wigan. I tell the lads to get out there and show just how good we are and get to the 3rd round. At half-time the only thing that happened of note is Duncan getting injured meaning Appleton moving to centre back. By the end of the match we’re out the FA Cup and I blast the team in the dressing room, this was such a dour performance and how anybody got anywhere near an 8 rating I will never know.


So am I.

I am very much enjoying the board’s reaction to my very meh performance at the moment:


Meanwhile, our parent club continue to win everything:


Our next match is at home to York, I remind the team how imperative it is that we get back to winning ways and that we MUST get the win. At half-time it’s 0-0 after Notman had a goal disallowed. Other than that this game is starting to peter out.

At full-time we have been awful and barely create a thing and go down losing 2-0 and I am all at a loss as to what to do.


Our net match is at home to 3rd place Hartlepool. I change things around again as Nevland has come back from injury and straight into the starting line-up. At half-time it is 2-0 to us thanks to Mulryne playing Clegg through, who’s shot hit the post and Cantona finished into the empty net. Then as the half went on, we started to dominate and then Tomlinson played Mulyrne in who slotted the ball under the keeper. This is the best first half we have played for quite a while.

At full-time we score another 2 thanks to Cantona getting his second and Tomlinson rounding the keeper to win us the match comfortably, this was more like it.


Maybe I shouldn’t get too excited:


Why? Just WHY?

Next up is away to 20th placed Preston and Nevland returned but isn’t fully fit so has to make way. Twiss will start in his place. At half-time we are 2-0 up thanks to Cantona pouncing on a loose ball after Twiss’ shot hit the bar and the second came after Tomlinson played a lovely ball through to Mulyrne who put it beyond the reach of the keeper.

The second half and Preston pull it back straight after the break to 2-1 and then equalise thanks to non-stop domination. Then a mix-up at the back in the last 10 minutes by Preston led to an own goal and winner for us after O’Hanlon put beyond his own keeper.


We won this but really, defensively we were shocking.

Why is it, when things seem to be going well I get an injury?


At some point this will come back and haunt me I just know it.

Boxing day and what is the last match of this very short update is at home to Grimsby. I am just hoping for no post Christmas hangover. After a pretty successful first first half, Tomlinson scored after 4 minutes after Mulryne played a low cross into the box and Tomlinson finished nicely. Then in the 9th minute Nevland got brought down in the box and Tomlinson converted the penalty. Second half and Tomlinson played Twiss into the box and his shot was parried and Tomlinson got his hat-trick. Then we had a nervy end as Grimsby come back and netted twice in 5 minutes towards the end of match but we hung on.


The second successive 3-2 win. I like the wins but the closeness is not doing much for my nerves.

Nice to know they have become pleased:


Despite our patchy form we end this part in 3rd place, somehow went behind the top 2:


We will come back in the next part to see if this sudden upturn in fortunes continues and if we can build up steam in the new year to get into the automatic promotion places.
Until then, I will leave you with the next part of what I am going to call BACK TO REALITY:

Michael Clegg:

Begin his career, obviously, at Man United in the youth team. He played 9 games in total for the first team and spent time on loan at Ipswich (3 games) and Wigan (6 games.) He just never lived up to any sort of potential CM9798 said he had. He then moved on in 2002 for free. He played 46 times for them in 2 years and looked like he might just have a decent career in the lower leagues, only for Oldham to hit financial difficulties and enter administration. He helped them steer clear of relegation before retiring at the young age of 27. He played twice for the England U21’s but all in all, it’s a shame he retired so soon.
He did become a coach in 2006 after retiring, he joined former team mate Roy Keane at Sunderland.

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