United disappoint again, Malaysia Open surprise

A profligate Man Utd were held at home 1-1 by lowly Stoke City earlier this evening, dropping points yet again in a story that has become far too familiar for frustrated United fans.

For all the talk of returning as title challengers this year, and the amount of cash splashed this summer to back that claim, the team is far from returning to its pre-Moyes-and-LVG swashbuckling best of yesteryear.

United has yet to find the consistency to become a genuine challenger, having the ability to both frustrate and delight on a weekly basis. And in must-win games like this against teams rock bottom of the league, a draw was simply not good enough.

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United’s Herrera by far the best player on the pitch against Stoke. Image: ManUtd.com

There were a couple of silver linings for me though in what was a hugely disappointing game. Ander Herrera continues to sparkle in a deeper lying midfield position previously occupied by Fellaini, and he orchestrated many a United attack to delightful effect only to be let down in the final third by some poor finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Stoke’s Lee Grant.

The obvious golden boy of the moment Marcus Rashford also proved he deserves a regular starting place, although Jose’s insistence on playing him out wide in a 4-2-3-1 and not giving him a shot to partner Zlatan up front barring the final 5 desperate minutes is beyond me.

Anyway, what’s done is done. And United fans can now look forward to the away Liverpool and Chelsea games in mid October with renewed confusion as to whether their team will choose to put their best foot forward on those days, or shoot themselves in the foot again instead.

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An unexpected podium finish for my favourite TS athlete in Malaysia.

In some happier news, earlier today Kerstin bagged herself a bronze medal in the Women’s 400m Hurdles at the 93rd Malaysia Open Track and Field Championships! This came as a huge surprise as it was the first time she attempted the event, so a medal was the furthest thing from her mind! Her usual pet event is the 100m sprint Hurdles.

Needless to say, I am chuffed to hear this piece of good news, and feel so proud of her after all the training she has put in during off season. Yes it may not be a record breaking achievement of any sorts, but it’s a huge boost in an area she did not expect.

Watch this video to see her teaching me the basic steps to hurdling like a champ, or scroll down further to watch her grin like an idiot with her medal. HAHA.

Warning: If you choose to watch the video, please ignore my negative demonstration on clearing the hurdles, unless you desire to clear hurdles like a clown – there is a reason why my B Div National School Games Track and Field coach told me I’d never be a hurdler, and to focus strictly on 400m and 800m instead. LOL.

Congrats again Kers! Here’s hoping this medal spurs you on to greater heights in the coming year as you pursue your sporting ambitions and dreams, and see you back in office soon for work and our next FB LIVE!

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That million dollar smile… or worth a bronze at least.

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