WaTcH@@##!!Man Utd vs AIK live online international friendly gAmE

7:02 pm

Eek this can't be good news for Nani, he's been subbed off half an hour in.

Henriquez replaces him but Nani looks none to impressed as he takes his place on the United bench.

He'd been having a good game too.


6:58 pm

Another big chance but this time down the other end as RVP is denied by a brilliant Stamatopoulos save.

Evra does brilliantly again down the left and squares to Van Persie but his low left foot shot is superbly saved by Stamatopoulos who looked like he was going the wrong way.

Really end to end stuff! I can barely keep up, can't the slow down a little!


6:57 pm

HUGE chance for AIK but Igboananike blows it.

He sneaks in behind Rafael and beats the offside trap to meet Kayongo-Mutumba's through ball but fires right at Lindegaard. He was one on one and really should have made it 1-0.

Big, big chance.

Meanwhile, some cryptic stuff from Rio Ferdinand on the tweets:

"Hate it when people are not straight up and speak to you personally when they have loads of opportunity to do so then spring s### on you.???

"Today has been that try to do some good and ya hands get tied...?You want to help a community and then told no...that's why people do mad s###.

"Disappointed in companies I respected today.??

"Right I'm off to watch the lads ! Come on boys!!!"

Time for a warm cup of tea and a hug, me thinks.

6:51 pm

Great save from Stamatopoulos!

Van Persie hits a good shot on the turn after some great work from Nani powering into the box.

It's low and heading for the corner but Stamatopoulos gets down well to palm it away.

Will RVP get his birthday goal?

6:48 pm

Ooh! Just wide from Van Persie.

The birthday boy collects the ball on the right hand edge of the box and takes a step before curling it inches wide of the far post.

This just after AIK's Kayongo-Mutumba (I'm not going to enjoy typing that one over and over) got away from Rafael and powered a shot at Lindegaard.

6:45 pm

Good chance for Evra but he bundles into Jonny Evans and between then they manage to head a corner over.

This has been a good spell of pressure for United - with Nani in particularly good form down the left but his final ball is found wanting.

Some things never change...

6:40 pm

Down the other end Bahoui has AIK's first chance of the game but skews a left-footed shot wide of the post.

End to end stuff here!

6:36 pm

What a chance for Wilf Zaha!

Lovely play from Nani down the right creates space and he squares to the United new boy but Wilf lets it run across his boy before shanking a left foot shot high and wide.

Really should have scored. Back to the training ground for you Wilfy!

6:34 pm

Nearly an opening for United as Nani links up beautifully with Evra and releases the full-back into the box.

But Evra's cross is too far behind Van Persie and is cleared.

Nice build-up there though from United who are taking control early doors here.

6:30 pm

Wherever you go in football you can't escape politics eh?

Anyway, the ref blows his whistle and...WE'RE OFF!

6:29 pm

Right, here come the players and the fans are on their feet to welcome them.

Well, the ones that are here because the 50,000 stadium is half full.

Here's our man David Maddock who is in Sweden explaining why:

"AIK fans are BOYCOTTING the game. They are apparently really angry that the team are sticking what they claim is a 'meaningless' friendly into the middle of their season when they are in contention for the title.

"They've been standing outside handing out leaflets urging people not to go in. So far it seems to be working because most of the fans inside are clearly United fans.

"It is starting to fill up a bit now, but with only seven minutes to go before kick off it's far less than half full...and it's a 50,000 capacity so it looks completely empty."

6:21 pm

The AIK team is here.

Stamatopoulos; Ofori, Milosevic, Backman, Johansson; Bahoui, Borges, Moro, Kayongo- Mutumba; Quaison, Igboananike.

You may not recognised many/any of them but these lads are in good form, having won eight out of their last 10.

And remember this game comes in the middle of their season, which in itself is a bit weird, but means they will be fully match fit and in form.

6:20 pm

While we wait for kick-off let's see what everyone things of Wayne Rooney right now.

...ooh it's not pretty.

Ray Wilkins (he of throwing the football at the ref fame) thinks leaving United would end Rooney's career.

Former Old Trafford man Paul Ince thinks Wazza should man up about the whole thing.

And Mark Bosnich thinks it would be "footballing suicide" to sell Rooney.


6:07 pm

We have teams, people!

Here's the United lineup: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Zaha, Anderson, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Van Persie.

Subs: Amos, Jones, Smalling, Welbeck, Henriquez, Bebe.

5:49 pm

One man who'll be happy today is Robin van Persie who celebrates his 30th birthday.

And to commemorate here's a video of RVP's 30 goals last season.

Spooky, no?

Fancy him to score 31 this coming campaign!

Anyway, enjoy!