Archive for February, 2010
Confidence has been flying high at Old Trafford; the performance at Villa and the win in the San Siro epitomising a squad with belief and determination. Taking the lead in the sunshine at Goodison seemed to be a natural continuation of that, but from that moment onwards it was a nightmare day. Everton’s determination fully entitled them to beat us, and Chelsea’s unconvincing win at Wolves was a further kick in the teeth. This was potentially a significant day in the title race and one that puts United in a real position of disadvantage, and that makes the home games against Liverpool and Chelsea must win matches. Read more
Before last night I had seen United three times in the San Siro; two losses against AC and a draw against Inter, without us scoring in any of them. And then, like London buses, three goals come along for us at once. I know the second leg is yet to be played and we are far from in the draw for the next round, but this was a huge result under enormous stress and pressure that should be milked for all it is worth. Read more
Just as with the visit to their rivals across the city last month, this game was played after dark in freezing cold conditions. The streets were iced over, the air was bitter and just like the last visit to Birmingham, we also came back from behind to earn a draw thanks to an own goal. However, the draw does not tell a tale of woe at all, it in fact was a great night to be a Red. Read more
The team’s planning for this game was probably quite simple- score some goals against the weakest side in the league and go top of the table. However, for fans, recent developments with the stewards, special CES security and the police meant military precision was needed just to get a plain flag into the ground with no words on it. While other grounds turn a blind eye to flares, beer bottles and laser pens, Old Trafford no longer allows green and gold flags. Great. Read more
In April last year United ripped Arsenal apart at the Emirates. A two goal lead at half time, a Portuguese winger the star of the show and a consolation goal for the hosts at the end. No one would have predicted the same this time around, but somehow - so poetically- history repeated itself. It did not matter that we had no Rio or Vidic, nor that we played 4-5-1, the players just got on with it and tore Arsenal’s midfield and defence to shreds.
The concourse was buzzing pre-match as a result of Wednesday night’s result. “Wemberley Wemberley they’re not going, they’re not going cos their fucking shite” was the shout to the tune of last year’s song about Istanbul. Just as it reached peak volume, Tevez hit the post against Pompey which we could all see on the screens around the Emirates. Superb. There was also a real anti-Glazer feel with green and gold all around and Arsenal fans outside the ground not understanding it at all! David Gill thinks it will all be forgotten if the team keeps winning, but the noise of the protests even at 3-0 shows he is very very wrong indeed.
Arsenal looked sharp in attack but just could not get a shot on target. Wes Brown looked vulnerable when Arsharvin was running at him, but at the other end Nani was giving Clichy nightmares. Cross after cross went across Arsenal’s box, all being scrambled clear. Until Nani decided to go it alone that is, and his goal was absolutely stunning, wven if they do try and take it away from him. Moments later - when we were still celebrating- there was an exact repeat of the breakaway goal last season and Rooney finished fantastically to put us two up before the break. Fast flowing decisive football is what we have lacked this season, but yesterday it came back in abundance with Nani at the helm. “One more, and you’ll fuck of home” was the cry and we were not wrong - when Park ran half the length of the pitch and slotted home unchallenged the empty seats started to show.
3-0 and it was all over. But the home fans who left early missed half an hour of us mocking them, endless chances for us to make the scoreline even more emphatic, and even their own consolation goal. In fact it was so similar to last season that I am amazed Fltehcer did not get sent off for no reason again.
What a day out that was. The away support in fine form, the team in their best performance for quite a while and a real message to the rest of the league not to count us out.