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Let’s face it, the Carling Cup is our lowest priority at the start of the season and winning it does not rank that high on people’s agendas. But winning a trophy at Wembley is always great and doing it in a great game after being a goal down is extra special. The celebrations may have been slightly muted- certainly compared to a league title or European Cup- but it was a fantastic day out none-the-less. Read more
“The city is ours, the city is ours, fuck off back to London, the city is ours”, they sang with wide grins as the first leg at Eastlands came to an end last week. Eight days later and they had been silenced. For all their millions (and all our debt for that matter) United can still show their bitter neighbours up when need be, and this was done int he best possible way.
Due to technical problems I have not been able to update the blog for a few games, so thought a quick update would sort it out.
1. Burnley - revenge for that August defeat was sweet but the scoreline flattered United. The Burnley fans were great, Chris Eagles caused us loads of problems, but our three goals ensured the points were all ours. The game will be remembered for two things - firstly Diouf scoring on his debut and secondly the protests starting after 80 minutes against the Glazers. The noise was deafening and caught the media’s attention loud and clear. It set the scene for the green and gold campaign which is now well underway.
2. City - an undeserved defeat on a chaotic night ruined by a dodgy referee. This was an incredible night, a tense game, a hostile environment and an amazing atmosphere from both sides of the divide. United were so unlucky to lose it but revenge on Wednesday is still possible. Bring it on - the atmopshere will be electric and things on the pitch should be pretty tense too.
3. Hull- the Rooney show. Yes Rooney was the star of the show but this was all about the growing tension between the club and its fans. They have ignored us, they have treated us badly and now they demand our loyalty - but the world doesn’t work that way. The Newton Heath campaign is well and truly alive and the Stretford End rocked with new colours and anti-Glazer songs. Green and gold til the club is sold. It will have hit home to Gill and co who sat in the directors box looking awkward, and the fans will not show and signs of letting up, no matter what Fergie’s apathetic programme notes say.
I’d be lying if I said this result meant too much to me. Of course a trophy is a trophy and a day out at Wembley is always welcome, but can I honestly say I’ll be happy if the season ended with nothing else in the cabinet? This game was important for the kids, important for confidence, and will be more memorable if it is added to with bigger and better trophies in May. Read more
I missed the Carling Cup away game at Derby earlier in the season as it was shortly after my ankle operation and so was happy with the draw as it was a chance to go back and make up for it. The players must have seen this as a chance to make up for losing in the Carling Cup first leg too, as they seemed absolutely determined to batter the home side from the start. Read more