Archive for January, 2010
“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.
This game won’t be remembered for either of the goals, the chaos in the concourse at half time or the game itself- it will be memorable for the extreme cold that faced the 28,000 supporters, including 3,500 Reds. We parked in a road covered in snow, saw on the dashboard that it was -5 degrees, then proceeded to stand outside for the next two and a half hours with ice forming on the seats and around the pitch. Read more
An embarassing, shameful, poor and shocking performance will live long in the hearts of people on both sides of the Penines. Leeds, their 10,000 fans, their hard working and organised players, and their locally born manager, deserve every single bit of credit that goes their way. I truly hate Leeds United, Ken Bates and their fans but on this day they represented all that was good about football. We, on the other hand, let ourselves down badly. The team on the pitch should have easily have won on paper, and the lack of passion shown by our players was in sharp contrast to the visitors who knew what the rivalry meant to those in the stands. Fergie cannot be blamed for this- he put a team out that should have done the job, only the players can look themsleves in the mirror after this one.
I could try and scrape around for silver linings- perhaps Fergie will realise how awful Owen is or be tempted to make a signing- but let’s face it, this is more the time to wallow.