Archive for October, 2007
This weekend was absent of proper sport. For those of us craving some action without a United match to go to, there was a pretty dire choice. England v Estonia in a silent Wembley stadium watching deflected and own goals bobble in. Or England beating France at rugby, a sport everyone forgot they liked since 2003. Oh the fickleness.
Next weekend the country will come to a halt as England play in a World Cup final in a sport that has been popular for an entire 2 weeks. Jonny Wilkinson will top Beckham or Rooney in popularity stakes for two months, just as he did in 2003 or as Flintoff did in 2005, but we all know football will take its place in the people’s hearts again soon after. And how do we know that? Simple, it is genuine, natural and handed down passion rather than a stadium full of corporates and fickle fans who crawl out the woodwork every few years. How many of those in England shirts in Paris are Harlequins fans who go to Newcastle away or Gloucester supporters who have not missed an away fixture for 5 seasons? And that is the difference between the two sports. I know I will be at Villa Park next week happy to miss the rugby.
We’ve been hearing since we won the title that it was only due to Chelsea’s poor luck with injuries that they weren’t Champions but as has been said for a number of years. It’s a squad game and if a side who are bank rolled by Roman’s millions can’t put together a decent squad then what hope is there for the rest of us.
But going on that logic, United should be well behind in the title race when you consider the current team United could put out full of injured players.
Van der Sar
United’s one nil wins were always going to come to an end. Either with a draw or loss, or with a team on the receiving end of a thumping. At half time today it looked like being the former for long period, especially with a referee determined to frustrate us and with injuries galore, but by full time it was the latter. Wigan were no match for combinations of Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs and Nani running at them throughout the second half and the score could have been much higher in the end. Read more