Manchester United 7 Blackburn 1

A cakewalk, a canter, call it what you will: United, inspired by a sublime Dimitar Berbatov performance, tore Blackburn apart at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Bulgarian netted an incredible five times as the Reds smashed seven goals past Sam Allardyce’s men to surge to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

It was the sort of one-sided performance fans had expected last weekend when Wigan Athletic were reduced to nine men. Instead, it was a full complement of Blackburn players that were on the receiving end of the Reds’ best performance of the season, and United’s biggest win since AS Roma were beaten by the same scoreline in April 2007.

Sir Alex made six changes, including his entire back four, to the side that won in Glasgow on Wednesday night, with Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all returning and Anderson and Ji-sung Park handed starts in midfield.

Wayne Rooney and Berbatov kept their spots up front and the pair took little more than a minute to combine for the Reds’ first goal. Rooney outjumped his marker at the near post to meet Nani’s cross and his glancing header fell to Berbatov, who volleyed home a simple finish from six yards.

It was the perfect start for Sir Alex’s men and, in particular, Berbatov, who’d previously not found the net since scoring a sensational hat-trick against Liverpool in September. Four days earlier, Sir Alex had predicted the Bulgarian would benefit more than most from Rooney’s return; the early evidence at Old Trafford reinforced that belief.

The pair linked well all afternoon, swapping passes in tight spaces and making unselfish runs off the ball to open up space. At one point in the first half, a series of clever interchanges cut through Rovers’ defence with such ease that the action resembled a training ground stroll rather than a Barclays Premier League fixture.

Meanwhile, Blackburn struggled to assert themselves on the game. Rafael’s close attentions frustrated former Liverpool forward El-Hadji Diouf, while lone frontman Jason Roberts was starved of service from midfield.

Nani tested visiting goalkeeper Paul Robinson at his near post before Christopher Samba almost put through his own net and Berbatov headed wide from a corner.

United were knocking on the door and a second goal duly arrived on 23 minutes. Park carried the ball forward from the inside left channel and fed Rooney on the edge of the area. The South Korean continued his run, Rooney returned the pass and Park, now clean through and with only Robinson to beat, dinked the ball over the Rovers goalkeeper. It was simple, beautiful and devastatingly effective.

Clearly shell-shocked by United’s storming start, Blackburn then hit the self-destruct button and gifted United a third goal on 27 minutes. Full-back Pascal Chimbonda didn’t look before playing the ball back to goalkeeper Robinson and instead passed the ball straight to Berbatov, who, loitering in the Rovers penalty area, blasted the ball into the net.

Vidic then missed a simple chance to add a fourth, while Nani fired over the bar from distance and Berbatov was denied a penalty just before half-time.

Pity any spectators who returned to their seat late for the second half, for within three minutes of the restart the Reds had scored twice more. Berbatov wrapped up his hat-trick by sidefooting the ball home from 12 yards to complete a sumptuous move he’d started himself deep inside United’s half.

Nani, also involved heavily in Berbatov’s third, then made it 5-0 on 48 minutes when he twisted and turned inside the area before shooting into the far corner. Blackburn’s players looked demoralised, but the Reds weren’t done yet. Berbatov grabbed his fourth on 62 minutes when a loose ball fell to his feet seven yards from goal and then, incredibly, a fifth after his attempted cross came back off Ryan Nelsen to present him with a simple tap-in.

Substitute Gabriel Obertan came close to further embarrassing the visitors before Samba reduced the margin to a slightly more respectable six when he headed home with seven minutes to play. It robbed the Reds of a clean sheet but, come the final whistle, nothing could wipe the smile off Dimitar Berbatov’s face. This was his day.

what a great-great game.. speechless.. article from Man Utd Official Website.

La Liga: Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 0

BRILLIANT Barca routed Real last night and shoved them off the top of La Liga.

A David Villa double and goals by Xavi, Pedro and Jeffren had the Nou Camp on its feet and Jose Mourinho and his Galacticos on the floor as they suffered a fifth straight Clasico defeat.

Real boss Mourinho said: “When they went 3-0 up the game was over. I just wanted my players to keep their dignity.”

But he didn’t get his wish because the game ended in a bust-up and a red card for Real’s Sergio Ramos.

Mourinho added: “You have to have character when you lose by five goals. You can’t leave crying.”

Xavi put Barcelona in front in 10 minutes with a brilliant volley before Pedro doubled their lead eight minutes later.

A brawl broke out when Cristiano Ronaldo was booked for pushing Barca boss Pep Guardiola in the chest after he had refused to hand the ball to the winger for a throw-in.

Villa made it 3-0 nine minutes after the break from Lionel Messi’s perfect pass.

The same combination struck again three minutes later, Messi setting up Villa to slide the ball home. Substitute Jeffren bagged No.5 in injury time.

Real’s misery was complete when Ramos hit out at Carles Puyol and received a red card.

Two-goal Villa said: “For my first Clasico I could not have asked for more.”

i’m no fan of either.. but a big fan of mourinho. still hoping that he’d come to replace fergie.. but congrats barca for such great show. article from DailyRecord.

RILLIANT Barca routed Real last night and shoved them off the top of La Liga.

A David Villa double and goals by Xavi, Pedro and Jeffren had the Nou Camp on its feet and Jose Mourinho and his Galacticos on the floor as they suffered a fifth straight Clasico defeat.

Real boss Mourinho said: “When they went 3-0 up the game was over. I just wanted my players to keep their dignity.”

But he didn’t get his wish because the game ended in a bust-up and a red card for Real’s Sergio Ramos.

Mourinho added: “You have to have character when you lose by five goals. You can’t leave crying.”

Xavi put Barcelona in front in 10 minutes with a brilliant volley before Pedro doubled their lead eight minutes later.

A brawl broke out when Cristiano Ronaldo was booked for pushing Barca boss Pep Guardiola in the chest after he had refused to hand the ball to the winger for a throw-in.

Villa made it 3-0 nine minutes after the break from Lionel Messi’s perfect pass.

The same combination struck again three minutes later, Messi setting up Villa to slide the ball home. Substitute Jeffren bagged No.5 in injury time.

Real’s misery was complete when Ramos hit out at Carles Puyol and received a red card.

Two-goal Villa said: “For my first Clasico I could not have asked for more.”

syafeerul: kenapa aku sibuk?

hari ni dah 30-nov. dah hujung november. sebulan lebih blog ini sunyi dari sebarang entry.

my engagement on 10-10-10 was the most wonderful thing happened ever since.. dan selepas itu hidupku menjadi sangat sibuk. nak kata persiapan kahwin macam belum mula pun lagi. sekadar dok cari-cari dewan dan lihat-lihat pakaian kahwin je. sibuk dengan kerja dan macam-macam aktiviti bersama rakan-rakan.

kenapa aku selalu kata aku sibuk bekerja? orang lain x kerja ke? nk senang kata macam ni alkisahnya.. di tempat ini cuma ada roughly 70 orang staff. diketuai seorang GM dan 4 managers dibawahnya. kemudian ada 4 sr engineers dan selebihnya level-level aku. level aku ni lebih kepada execution level. planning and decision are from above. yet at times we are the ones who decide before the top ranks do. daripada kelompok ini cuma ada 3 maintenance engineers. when it comes to plant matters, mestila maintenance yang kene jawab. sorang for mechanical, sorang kat instrumentation and control dan sorang kat electrical. aku yang last tuh. sorang. under aku ada la technician. 3 of them.
my core job is to handle all electrical maintenance issues. for example when there’s a defect on electrical such as motor problems, i would ask my men to inspect for physical damage, then later to get some technical tests such as insulation resistance test or ohmic. based on those results, i would see whether its best to change with a new motor or let it run till it show something different. that would be my decision. motor replacement for example take hours. although i have my men to do that but given chance, i’d join them and do it with them. depending on the location of the equipment the job could take even up to half day. upon completion, i need to write up a short report stating what actually happened and actions taken. that doesn’t stop there. depending on the defect and action taken, i might need to sit and study to find out what’s the possible root cause. then only i can breath some air.
next comes the issue of spares availability. i’ve just replaced a motor with a new one so there must be another new motor or at least refurbished motor in good health ready to replace those in need. procurement is part of my flagship. i have to put up proper specs, float to suppliers, evaluate and recommend a supplier to the higher level. this requires a lengthy paper work process. during this process, i’d have to entertain various questions from suppliers. after sometime, i finally know how to answer some of their questions. some are not actually asking. just wanting to know who’s winning and who’s not. i have to say that its classified again and again. with smiles, sure. and what happens if we decide to refurbish the item. that took another path of lengthiness.
then a question was raised by the management level, “why this fails? aren’t your maintenance schedule good enough?” despite having certain preventive maintenance schedule, its never enough when certain equipments fails. a look into operating regime, maintenance practice is a must. if there’s any changes then that involves ISO documentation review as well. and not to mention some other documentations to be altered too.
those are the core jobs. with just 70 people, the place i work strive to be a world class place. that involves 5S, TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), ISO certifications, safety awards and many other awards and recognitions. so again with this 70 people, the jobs are segregated. put out those 4 managers and the 4 sr engineers. those in the execution level are again leaders of many committees and many task forces. and when it comes to event handling, again this execution level are the ones leading the pack. why not the bosses? because they had to attend and handle other stuff especially on deciding bigger matters. i have to agree that they do have that responsibility. but why not the lower ranks? can’t they lead anything? why must they always be the ones following and waiting for instructions. this im not sure. perhaps after sometime we could change this.
and every once a while we are sent for courses to improve our technical skills. sometimes its not even a technical course. for few days. and for that few days i can run away from office work. but that would pile up once i come back. meetings? yup on some occasions i’d have to attend. that gave me better networking and views on what’s currently happening at other places… some take days as well..

jadi kenapa aku selalu kata aku sibuk?

baru-baru ini hujung minggu aku terisi dengan pelbagai aktiviti rakan-rakan. bulan lepas aku panjat Bukit Broga. kejap je. sejam sambil jalan-jalan. tapi next day aku pengsan. mungkin sebab penat sangat. balik dari Broga sibuk dengan keluarga dan x rehat langsung. sibuk menayang gambar-gambar engagement kepada ahli keluarga.. kemudian aku dan kawan-kawan panjat Gunung Nuang. uh itu penat.. 4 jam naik. 3 jam lebih turun. super penat. tapi puas. bile a1mran balik, aktiviti bertambah. selalunya setakat pool di SS15. tapi kali ni bersemangat nak mandi sungai. 1st attempt ke Sungai Pertak dekat Kuala Kubu Bharu. seminggu kemudian ke Air Terjun Gabai. sangat best tapi seriously penat. it would’ve been nicer if more friends could join and if si dia ada bersama..

keep on reading. enjoy d blog. have fun!

regards,
syafeerul