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United 4 West Ham 1

There used to be a clothes label called ‘no fear’ which had the strapline ‘feel the fear, and do it anyway’. And at this stage of the season that is exactly what needs to be done. No doubt the players walking onto the pitch against West Ham had considered the pressure and the possibility of not winning, not just this game but the next ones too, and how they would react would be a huge test. Fortunately United ‘did it anyway’ and romped to a 4-1 victory in style to pile the pressure back on Chelsea and continue the strong form that saw Barcelona brushed aside on Tuesday.The last home game of the season is usually always a warm, sunny day. This was no exception and, on the back of the victory on Tuesday, the players came out to a fantastic reception and played some great football from the start. As the sun shone each player was addressed by the Stretford End, followed by songs for Eric, Ole and other greats. By this time United were of course three goals up and the game was a celebration rather than a nervy affair. Paul Scholes continued his rich vein of form that will see him walk out in in the Moscow starting line up, Tevez and Evra ran around like men possessed, Ronaldo added two goals to his season total and Rio and Wes were both majestic at the back again. And so good was Tevez’s goal that the West Ham fans gave him a standing ovation as the ball flew past Robert Green. Equally, it must be said, the Stretford End applauded as Dean Ashton put his overhead kick past Van der Saar.

The only dampner on the day was Nani’s headbutt, which was nothing but immature and petulant. Ferguson will have something to say about that. But overall this was a day to rejoice, discuss Moscow, express nerves about Wigan and all be fully aware of the two cup finals ahead. The pressure is mounting but United will just have to get on with it and ‘do it anyway’.

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  1. AntiManu :: May 8th, 2008 5:44 pm

    Good job Alan Curbishley is a closet red and got the result he wanted.

  2. Oli :: May 19th, 2008 7:58 am

    Yes, Curbishley did everything possible to help us by ensuring West Ham have beaten us on 3 of the last 4 games against us. Somehow I don’t think he has done too much in the last 2 seasons to help us.

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