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Fulham 0 United 4

For years United have had to put up with nonsense about ruining the FA Cup. Actually, we have won it more than any other team, scored the greatest goal in the greatest game and our support revels in the larger allocations. How anyone can accuse United of devaluing that trophy, despite not entering in 1999-2000, is beyond me. Yesterday at Fulham was a perfect example of United’s commitment- thumping another Premier League side away from home and keeping up the tempo for the whole 90 minutes despite having one eye on Wednesday night.

Fulham is always a good away. It is in a great part of London, the away fans always take over and we get a decent allocation. We arrived at the ground about 30 minutes before kick off, headed into the old school scaffolding style stand and were delighted to find that our seats were not behind any of the many pillars that run through every stand. There was always a buzz about the place with all the red and white half-half scarves out and renditions of Que Sera Sera in the concourse. The team sheet was strong despite the absence of Ronaldo, Berbatov, Giggs etc and it just goes to show the stength in depth in the current squad.

Apart from the first ten minutes or so United absolutely battered the home side and 4-0 was not especially flattering. The work rate of Rooney, Park and Tevez was phenomenal and it was fitting that each of them scored. Tevez’s second goal will long be remembered but the performance over 90 minutes was also something not to be forgotten. The fans too in the Putney End put on their best show of the season. The Fulham fans offered little but the Reds had 90 minutes of constant noise including long renditions of the Georgie Best song and also Champions of England/ Champions of Europe.

The only down sides was the possible injury to Rio, but I suspect he will make the line up on Wednesday anyway. Even if not, we can have confidence in Jonny Evans who did us proud in the San Siro.

United should now go into Wednesday’s game full of confidence and if the display is anything likes yesterday’s surely Inter will not be able to hang on for another 90 minutes. It was a performance of the highest quality and prrfessionalism that mixed up work rate, pace and skill to leave the home fans heading for the exits after 75 minutes and the Reds on course for a third and possibly forth visit to Wembley this season. Are you watching Merseyside? 

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1 Comment

  1. princess nyoka :: April 19th, 2009 8:39 pm

    i favour man u and this was mmy favourite match

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