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Everton 1 United 1

We are all used to games being schedules at crazy times for television, but to play a game at 12pm without Sky even wanting to show it is just baffling. The police seem to want to blame Wayne Rooney for this, as if somehow a lunchtime kick off will make home fans less likely to throw mobile phones at him or will stop supporters having a drink. But all that happens is a lot of people have to wake up at the crack of dawn for no reason at all, and the game itself contributes to a day when there was only one kick off at 3pm in the Premier League.

But none of that really matters if United seal the three points. And the way they started it was on the cards. Great, fluid, passing football that left the home side second to every ball and the locals groaning at their own team within 15 minutes. It was no suprise at all when United took the lead, a great sliding pass by Ryan Giggs was put away brilliantly by Darren Fletcher. And it could have been more- Vidic forced a great save off Howard and then Giggs curled one towards the top corner all within minutes. The United end was in full swing singing and the home fans were truly fed up. At half time it was amazing that it was only 1-0 and Everton heads were all low.

The second half was a different story. United looked poor and the home team must have received an amazing team talk in the dressing room. Suddenly they were winning 50-50 balls, chasing our players down, attacking us with vigour and looking dangerous. They were not creating great chances but United’s ability to pass the ball about seemed to end, and the inevitable equaliser came. From that point on United were second best and Ferguson was honest that a draw was in some ways a relief.

The game faded away and ended ina  draw. United had some good moments of pressure and could have won it, but a draw was probably fair overall. The controversy, however, was around Rooney. I full expected him to go out there and entertain today, and thought he would get his 100th goal at his original stomping ground. The occassion seemed to get to him though and through the second half the actions of the fans got to him. Under a barrage of abuse he turned to the Park End and kissed the United badge, provoking a furious response. Rooney had done nothing wrong but had been booked by the ref and looked to be losing his cool. Ferguson, judging that he was in danger of losing his cool, pulled him off the pitch much to the delight of the home fans. It was a real downer of the day but as the home fans continued to bait him, the United fans stayed loyal and chanted “He’s just a European champion”.

Rooney was in some ways responsible for the kick off time and was also responsible for the away fans being held in after the game too. We are usually allowed straight out as Goodison but this time no such luck. After a disappointing draw that’s all you do not need. But anyway, hopefully Chelsea will not win today against the vermin and the title race will still be well in sight.

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