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Man Utd 3-1 Man City

This fixture, like so many others, was a potential banana skin. It would be oh so typical or United to slip up against a poor City side, especially when 3 of the last 4 seasons had not resulted in wins for the Reds at home against them. However, despite some huffing and puffing, United did take the 3 points and are now sitting pretty on top of the league with the pressure really on Chelsea.

Opinion was split about the outcome of this game before it started. Some Reds forecast a 4-0 thrashing, others thought it would be a 1-1 draw or scraped 2-1 win. In reality the game showed glimpses towards both scores; periods of easily dominating the game and other times looking fragile and likely to concede and equalizer. Several key United players did not even play well, namely Giggs, Rooney and Saha, but others such as Heinze and Scholes were magnificent. The game was won due to workrate and defensive errors. City were never allowed time to settle on the ball, even in their back four, which is the type of football United should play. This caused the City defence to make errors, and ultimately gifted us three goals.

The performance on the pitch was also buoyed by the crowd. A fantastic Old Trafford atmosphere dispelled some myths and the Stretford End easily outsang the inflatable banana carrying away fans looking ridiculous in the corner. City fans are a strange breed, but inflatable bananas and singing about being invisible is just too weird to interpret.

The pressure is now on Chelsea. If they win their games in hand then the title race is still even. But should they fail to beat Arsenal later today the tide will firmly have turned in United’s favour. The nine point lead is slightly false due to the games in hand but a draw today and it is 8 points with only one game in hand; all of a sudden it looks a fairly large lead. United’s consistency is scarily brilliant at the moment and we are not being punished for missed chances. Only once, against Chelsea, have we taken a lead and not won the match, which is fortunate considering the times we have tried our best to throw matches away. I won’t say it often, but come on Arsenal!

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2 Comments

  1. Cheyanna :: August 20th, 2014 12:55 am

    That’s a clever answer to a tricky qusioetn

  2. about today :: September 23rd, 2014 7:23 am

    And to think I was going to talk to someone in person about this.

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