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The Reserves are doing well - 17/10/2003

The Reserves are doing well
Kirkland had a great game
   Christopher Kirkland

After a strange start to the season when we were playing well but not getting results, it’s good to be able to say that we’re now also starting to win games. We’ve probably got one of the youngest reserve sides in the league, but what we may lack in experience, we hope to make up for in determination and talent. The only reason a number of us aren’t getting a call to the first team is that there’s simply so much quality at the club.

It’s ‘swings and roundabouts’ – we could be getting first team games elsewhere, but then again, we wouldn’t be playing at the biggest club in the world. We’ve also got time on our side, it’s not as if the lads are in their mid twenties.

One of the reasons why I’m happy not to go out on loan is that I’m pushing for an occasion place I the first team squad. I’d like to think that during the course of this season I’ll be making my United debut – it might be a Carling Cup game, or a Champions League tie when we’re already through – but it’s the goal of making my debut that drives me on. No disrespect to the clubs that have come in for me, but I want to make it at United and by staying here I feel it’ll be my best chance. I thank those clubs for showing an interest in me – Swansea, Darlington, Livingston, Bury, and Wycombe, and hope they understand.  

To be honest we battered Liverpool in last night’s 1-0 win, I don’t think they had a shot at goal. Chris Kirkland had a great game and without him between the sticks, I’m sure we’d have run out comfortable winners. The previous game against Everton was a typical ‘game of two halves’, we finished on top and they were holding on at the end. Personally, I’m happy with my form and fitness and it’s just a case of keeping it this way.


Liverpool Res 0 Manchester United 1

LEADING scorer Daniel Nardiello grabbed his eighth goal of the season to claim victory for United Reserves at Deva Stadium, Chester, last night.

Substitutes Nardiello and Phil Picken were pitched into the action in the 68th minute with the game apparently drifting towards a goalless draw.

But the two had been on the field barely six minutes when they combined to produce the goal that was to prove the winner.

Picken provided the ball that opened up the Liverpool defence and Nardiello did the rest with an instinctive finish.

Chances had been few and far between before then and, with experienced goalkeepers Roy Carroll and Chris Kirkland both in great form, there appeared little hope of a breakthrough.

UNITED: Carroll, Lynch, Pugh, Tierney, Tate, Jones, Eagles, Wood, Cooper (Johnson), Bellion (Picken), Richardson (Nardiello). Subs (not used): Heaton, M Williams.


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