Archive for October, 2001
Another turbulent period for reds is in progress as we speak. After fantastic performances against Spurs, Olympiakos and Sunderland our defensive frailties returned to Old Trafford in a great game that was lost by such basic errors.
Before I start rambling about inconsistency and lack of communication between the players, I want to apologise for not having written up reports from the last few games. I missed travelling to Olympiakos, and never got around to writing up about Sunderland due to problems on the site. Just for the record, Sunderland was a great game played in a subdued atmosphere due to pathetic stewarding and ejections for persistent standing. Disgusting behaviour by the authorities is all that needs to be said, and I’m sure you will all hear about the legal action that may be taken soon.
Anyway, back to Deportivo, and there is not too much to tell other than the obvious. The Spaniards are a class side and play great football, yet United had the lead and may well have won if it were not for amateurish defending that gifted them all three goals.
The United forwards could not have done anymore. Van Nistelrooy was superb upfront and the service and effort from Keane, Scholes, Becks and Veron was almost faultless. Giggsy charged down the wing with terrifying pace that tore apart Deportivo. Yet at the back it was a shambles, and Barthez must be blamed for not calling for the ball on several occasions.
As usual United do it the hard way. The group could have been wrapped up but now there is pressure to get points out of the remaining games. Fergie must have been as unamused as myself at the final whistle.