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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Manure 2 Charlton 0

After the not wholly unexpected result at Old Trafford, the most relevant thing this morning is what Pardew had to say after the game - "Our season starts here, we can't change what we are, which is a 20-point team, and we have to improve. We have to attack our last 11 games and do what Portsmouth did last season. We saw signs today and I believe we can go on a run and get the 20 points we need. We cannot accept draws, we have to chase games from now on. It’s that mentality I have to put into my team before the West Ham game."

And despite another defeat, there's a good report for us in the independent, "Faced by a team whose endeavour and spirit belied their position near the foot of the table" and a quote from Fergie, "It was a difficult game, applauding Charlton as much as his own players. "It was a surprising performance because teams at the bottom of the table don't always have the confidence to play. They came out and acquitted themselves well and they gave us a few worrying moments."

As for the observer its much the same but with a strange bonus of Dennis being given MOM who got the vote for an "energetic performance on the right side of midfield, even if he should have opened the scoring after nine minutes" and with the fans "remaining buoyant throughout and winning the best chant of the day competition with their 'We'll race you back to London' jibes at the United masses."

In the telegraph two of our debutants get a mention, "Alexandre Song, a midfielder from Arsenal, and Madjid Bougherra, a defender late of Sheffield Wednesday, played their full parts in making United work and wait for a ninth consecutive home victory in the Premiership."

While in the timesonline there's some more interesting scores: Carson 7, Sankofa 6, Bougherra 7, Diawara 6, Thatcher 6, Song 6, Rommedahl 6, Faye 5 (Zheng Zhi 40min, 6), Holland 6 (Hughes 73min, 6), Ambrose 7 (Lisbie 73min, 6), M Bent 6 - which suggests that Carson, Bougherra and Ambrose were our best players.

In the dailymail there's more talk on our new Song, "In Alexandre Song, the 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder making his Charlton debut on loan, Alan Pardew had a young man possessed of tireless spirit and a mature comprehension of the game. "Song wouldn’t have looked out of place in a United shirt," said Pardew," although unlike the Observer they castigate our Dennis for "carelessly squandered a decent opening in the ninth minute by shooting tamely into the side-netting."

On the horizon - well, over it actually as its two weeks away - there's West Ham and if you haven't read frankie yet he'll oblige by pointing out their current woes while the independent simply tells us that they were "shocking."

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